From Lines to Patterns

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This is my entry for the weekly photo challenge from Lines to Patterns.

These monumental stained glass windows aka “America Windows” were created by Marc Chagall for the Art Institute of Chicago.

First debuting at the Art Institute in 1977 and made forever famous less than ten years later by an appearance in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the “Chagall Windows,” as they are more popularly known, hold a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans.

Stained glass is truly an expressive way of exploring how lines can be effectively turned into patterns. Have you ever tried staining glass or any other medium of art where simple lines can lead you to rich patterns?

Please share your experience in the comments below.

Enjoy your week!

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19 thoughts on “From Lines to Patterns

  1. very cool and unique. In our new church we only have a couple of stained glass pieces in the entryway. Always felt like God was looking at me thru the glass in the old church. Such a comforting feeling.

    • Thank you Linda! You have a very good point here about stained glass pieces in church buildings. I found this trivia that I would like to share.
      Stained glass windows were the first public “picture books” of the Bible. As far back as 350 A.D., churches used stained glass windows to visually tell Biblical stories about God, spirituality, mortality and humanity. As the art form and architecture evolved, windows became more prominent in the great cathedrals of Europe and today are still used in churches of all sizes and denominations throughout the world. 🙂

  2. I love this!! As soon as I saw your photo, I knew it was Chagall and his trademark blue windows. I have seen Chagall’s work in the church of St. Stephen in Mainz, Germany. Stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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