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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 15, 2014 @ 5:16 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | 3 Comments

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Artist Wim Delvoye [5] has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art [6]. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series [7] illustrates rather well. These gorgeous (if gruesome) windows are installed in an intricate chapel made from laser cut steel in the style of a 17th century Flemish Baroque [8] church.

Delvoye has made over the jewel-toned saints normally depicted in stained glass [9]. One of his creepy creations shows two skeletons in a passionate embrace, hugging and kissing in panels that make up an arched gothic window, with jeweled stained glass diamonds connecting the panels. Other pieces are more abstract: Swirls of spinal columns intersect rows and rows of x-rayed teeth, set against blood red glass. Skulls, spines, and hips intermingle with bold stained glass hues, unified together to make up giant windows.

The translucent x-rays illuminate just as colored glass does [10], creating a dazzling-yet-morbid display. Using traditional Medieval craftsmanship, these macabre windows create a truly spooky atmosphere. Delvoye is no stranger to the grim and ghastly, as he also dabbled in the macabre [11] with his series called “Art Farm,” where he tattooed pig skins that were discarded by slaughterhouses in the United States.

+ Wim Delvoye [5]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/wim-delvoyes-creepy-stained-glass-windows-are-made-from-recycled-x-rays/chapel-skeletons/?extend=1

[3] Thousands of x-rays: http://www.wetheurban.com/post/65789175114/art-x-ray-and-anatomical-stained-glass-windows-by

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/Chapel-Skeletons.jpg

[5] Artist Wim Delvoye: http://www.wimdelvoye.be

[6] tires into gorgeous works of art: http://inhabitat.com/wim-delvoyes-incredible-rubber-carvings-turn-tires-into-art/

[7] Chapel series: http://www.wimdelvoye.be/

[8] Flemish Baroque: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flemish_Baroque_painting

[9] depicted in stained glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stained_glass

[10] illuminate just as colored glass does: http://inhabitat.com/maglight-transforms-magazines-into-a-stained-glass-like-table-lamp/

[11] dabbled in the macabre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wim_Delvoye

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