Gallery: Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recyc...

 
At first glance, one doesn’t see anything extraordinary in the beautifully intricate Gothic Chapel used in the project.

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side. His Chapel series features haunting stained glass emblazoned with skeletons and bones – made from recycled x-rays!

At first glance, one doesn’t see anything extraordinary in the beautifully intricate Gothic Chapel used in the project. But upon closer inspection, the prismatic colors in each window pane are actually body parts, bones and full skeletons. The gorgeous windows are installed in an intricate chapel made from laser cut steel in the style of a 17th century Flemish Baroque church.

Delvoye has made over the jewel tones saints normally depicted in stained glass. One of his creepy creations shows two skeletons in embrace, hugging and kissing in panels that make up an arched gothic window. Jeweled stained glass diamonds connect the panels. Other pieces are more abstract. Swirls of spinal columns intersect rows and rows of x-rays of teeth, set against blood red glass. Skulls, spines and hips intermingle with bold colors of stained glass, unified together to make up giant windows.

The translucent x-rays illuminate just as the colored glass does, creating a dazzling, yet morbid display. Using traditional Medieval craftsmanship, Delvoye’s Macabre windows create a truly spooky atmosphere.

Delvoye is no stranger to the morbid, also dabbling in the macabre with his series called “Art Farm,” where here tattoos pig skins discarded by slaughterhouses in the United States.

+ Wim Delvoye

 

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  1. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher October 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Yep – also is the image on either side of that a baby being born in the breach position? I think so!

  2. PprmntMochaMama October 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Did no one proof these photos before posting… because if they did, I don’t think that slide 2, 2nd from the right (someone performing oral sex on a male) would have made it through… at least I would hope it wouldn’t.

  3. SouTHCoaster October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Yeah, that’s definitely an X-ray of someone giving Felatio in slide 2 (top row, 2nd from the right).

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