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ARCHITECTURAL ART

'The Apple Tree' carved glass doors at St John's Kirdford.

 
The carved glass doorway at St John the Baptist Kirdford - Mel Howse
Detailed design of the  carved and polished foliage of The Tree of Life - Mel Howse
Looking through carved inner doors to The Tree of Life - Mel Howse
Detailed design of the  carved and polished foliage of The Tree of Life - Mel Howse
Detail of carved and polished glass. - Mel Howse
The etched Royal Coat of Arms celebrates a project for the Jubilee - Mel Howse
Location: Kirdford Sussex
The brief for this commission was to design two sets of glass art doors for the newly refurbished entrance area of St John the Baptist.

St John’s is situated in an idyllic rural setting - and is the oldest building in this Sussex village. The designs took a soft and decorative approach, are ornate, with an ‘arts and crafts’ feel.

Glass making was a part of the history of this area so it is perhaps befitting to install glass art to the church. This project with mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

'The apple tree' is the theme for the designs. The fruit offers wonderful scope for both the decorative and the symbolic. It also has many biblical connections. For example, the tree of life in Genesis 2. To enter the church through this image would be appropriate.

The continuation of the design on the inner doors includes the verse:
'The tree of life my soul hath seen
Laden with fruit and always green
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.'

The glass techniques used are contemporary, with deep carving and polishing on toughened glass.

Date: January 2014
Team: Architect: Jane Jones-Warner