Linköping Cathedral

Linköpings Domkyrka, Sweden


Brian designed a suite of stained glass windows for the transept of Linköping Cathedral, Sweden, a 13th century Gothic building, which were installed in 2010. Three windows are on the north side, and three on the south. Fired into the glass of one of the south windows is a photograph of a first Communion. A complementary suite of six windows was also designed for the cathedral's Thomas Beckett Chapel, but remains unexecuted.

The window on the north side (the window of the Spirit) has its diamond quarries penetrated by a dove flying against the sky and clouds. In the southern window (the Son’s window) nature, in the form of decorative oak leaves, breaks through the rhombic pattern and creates a dramatic change. But above all it is the strong colours that carry the artwork. It is a colouristic effect that reverts to the medieval stained glass windows that created a splendour of colour in cathedrals like Linköping in the Middle Ages, whose windows were destroyed by fires during the 16th century. The new stained glass windows give a clue as to what was lost, while being a unique Swedish artistic work for our own time.” – Gunnar Lindkvist, former head of Östergötland Museum.