Art Glass Windows for St. Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, Ireland
Since damaged by the fire, St. Mel’s has been restored step by step. St. Mel’s Cathedral has been and still is a landmark in Longford for both, citizens and tourists. Part of this restoration work is also the conception of the new church windows. In 2014, the first construction phase of the windows for the first side of the cathedral was completed and in December 2016 the second. One part of the restorations work was to create a new concept for the church windows. The art glass windows had been executed in two separate work phases: The east side windows had been completed in 2014, the west side windows in 2016. The priest and artist Kim En Joong, born in South Korea, is an internationally well-known contemporary artist and designer for church windows. In cooperation with the artist, Derix Glasstudios Taunusstein executed the art glass windows, translated the design on toughened float glass panels by hand painting and airbrushing in several stages using vitreous enamels, and finally acid etched and hand painted hand blown glass had been laminated onto the toughened float glass panels.
The Artist Kim En Joong (76) member of the Dominican Order and of the Catholic Academy of France lives and works at a Dominican monastery in Paris, France.
His handwriting is unique – the artistic style of his design and the composition of colors is exclusive and distinctive. Combining Art and Faith in perfection – Kim En Joong is called “painter of light”. He has been cooperating with Derix Glasstudios since many years and the studio is proud to have executed several projects with him.
Rising from the ashes “: The story of St. Mel’s Cathedral
In 2009 St. Mel’s Cathedral was devastated by a great fire: In the early morning of December 25th, a fire broke out at the back side of the building, which almost destroyed the complete church in the province of Leinster. The first efforts of the fire brigade to extinguish the fire failed, because of the weather conditions – the water in the pipes got frozen, so that the fire spread for even more hours. In 2011 the cathedral’s ruins were opened for the first time for visitors. After a long restoration phase the Catholic church was re-opened in December 2014. It’s definitely worth to visit the cathedral because of its neoclassical architecture with its unique appearance additional to the artistic church windows and the glorious lighting. It inspires not only the community of Longford but also tourists from all around the world.