The Washington National Cathedral is the 6th largest cathedral in the world. It is also home to a lot of stained glass.
Not all of it's glass art is however biblical - some of it, when viewed objectively in 2023, was frankly divisive.
One artist, Kerry James Marshall was invite to reimagine some of the stained glass art in the church to serve a new purpose - a positive image of the future rather than a testament to atrocities from the past.
Make 2024 the year of outperformance
Jon Cherry is a strategic growth facilitator who works with organisations to build brands and ventures that deliver outperformance.Get in touch to discuss
Amidst the grand architecture and intricate stained glass of the Washington National Cathedral, artist Kerry James Marshall stands before an audience gathered for the unveiling of his new work “Now and Forever.” The stained glass windows the artist designed were commissioned to replace the Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson windows that were removed from the Cathedral in 2017. As Marshall addresses the crowd seated in the church pews, he reflects on his long career making images and the power of art to “invite us to imagine oneself as a subject and an author of a neverending story that is still yet to be told.”
Art has the power to help society recalibrate its collective image of the future.
Right now there is a proper need for work that does the job of helping us see a positive future that works for all, which is why projects like this one are so important. The Washington National Cathedral obviously sees itself playing an important role in that regard.