Metz, France
Cathedral of Saint Stephen
08 Metz, France

The ancient stained glass from the Cathedral and other churches in Metz was a mix of glass and light. War can destroy the glass, but not the light.

When I had these ancient shards—the remnants of bombed-out windows—in my hands, they felt to me like thorns. So I took 33 shards and reconfigured them in this crown-like image as thorns, one for every year in the life of Christ.

It was an honor to take these ancient shards and find a way to work with them and to place them against the light again, where they really belong.

Narcissus Quagliata

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