In packing to move back and forth between college and the temporary homes I’ve been living in, I’ have come to find a lot of things that I didn’t always know I had. My favorite amongst these treasures: picture frames. These aren’t any picture frames. These are picture frames that still have the stock photo in them because I really never got around to it. They look a little something like this:
My pastor joked around even. It’s like, “Wait?! Who are they??” “Oh them? They’re the 8x10s..They’ve been family friends for a long time.”
You can laugh, but it’s true. I am no good at finishing things, and chances are most people aren’t either. That’s why it’s so amazing when we come across these multigenerational Gothic buildings.
Chartres Cathedral, Source
These delicate yet sharp edges pique interest, creating something strong and elegant. Then ornated with stained glass windows and various other decorations, and you equate to one large, more-than-a-lifetime-project that the 8x10s don’t stand a chance. I have a lot of adoration and amazement towards feats like these cathedrals. I think a lot of what lies into multigenerational investment is the bigger story it lets individuals enter in. I like to relate it to the Christian journey. I do not think that overall the finding and following Jesus is about my personal journey, but rather that when I choose to say “yes” I am choosing a “yes” to thousands of years of persecution and redemption of the stories prior to me and those to come after me. Just the same, I feel like saying “yes” to embark on a more than the individual journey to craft cathedrals this intricate requires a desire to be a part of a longer, bigger journey that identifies these people as one. The building now becomes the story of a unified people with the unifying goal that surpassed death.
Rose Window of Notre Dame de Paris Source
Stained glass windows have always struck me since watching “The Last Song” as a little girl. The movie has nothing to do with glass windows, and more Miley Cyrus’ love interest, but there are a couple of scenes that span to the father’s side project for his church. This process always seemed painstakingly costly, unpredictable and time-consuming. Only 1/3 of those things sounds interesting to me, yet the final product is so captivating I wanted to know more.
The biggest question I have always had was does the crafter layout broken shards of glass first, and then form the metal around, or vice verse. I learned that with the Rose Windows specifically, that they were often used in group projects. The framing would be made first. The shape specifically was highly effective and served more as a “lazy susan” of sorts that could be turned towards different teammates to work on individual images.
The images were commonly used to represent God and saints, however, the Church of England ruled out all images of God, limiting where they could and how they could be displayed.
Another interesting point brought up was that since there were limited forms of entertainment at the time (no television or radio), when people would come and see these windows it would be more like a form of entertainment to see a light and art installation piece.
Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Rose Window.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 July 2013, http://www.britannica.com/technology/rose-window.