At the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, a massive stained glass window is coming together. At 37 feet high and 93 feet wide, once it’s complete it will be the largest stained glass window in the world. Each of the 160 panels that the window is composed of is five feet high and four feet wide. The panels must be hoisted into place and secured to the steel and aluminum support structure one at a time until the image is complete.
The narrative depicted in the stained glass is as broad and expansive as the window itself, featuring everyone from Adam and Eve to 20th century civil rights leaders. In total, there will be more than 70 historical and religious figures depicted in the window.
“I can look now at every section and tell you why we did it, how we did it, what the weather was like and how many beers we had at the end of the day,” said lead designer Tim Carey in an interview with The Kansas City Star.
Two years ago, when Carey first presented a rendering of his design to an Italian stained glass master, the craftsman had his doubts about whether or not the enormous window would be a feasible undertaking. But after months of careful planning, design tweaking, and construction, Carey’s window is finally taking shape. It’s expected to be finished in time for Easter.
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