Olympus European Headquarters, Hamburg

Wendenstrasse, Hamburg


"In 1981, a major commission for paintings, a wood and steel construction, and a suite of stained glass windows totalling 2,150 square feet for the Olympus European Headquarters Building in Hamburg was executed, for which Clarke was given 'complete freedom of the design of the entrance hall for the new building', and at the same time starred in a series of adverts for Olympus cameras." Described by Johannes Schreiter as 'the first works to bring the discoveries of Field Painting into stained glass', "the complexity of the designs for Hamburg necessitated the development of special diamond cutting and sandblasting techniques to accommodate the graphic, non-structural role of the lead in places, and marked the start of Clarke's manufacturing his windows in Germany rather than England, a major break with tradition."