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

Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 24, 2015 @ 9:16 am In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 4 Comments

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Artist Wim Delvoye [2] has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art [3]. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series [4] 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 [5] church.

Delvoye has made over the jewel-toned saints normally depicted in stained glass [6]. 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 [7], 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 [8] with his series called “Art Farm,” where he tattooed pig skins that were discarded by slaughterhouses in the United States.

+ Wim Delvoye [2]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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