Work

New oculus of the Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu, Romont

2010

"In 2009, the oculus window from Clarke's suite of fourteen windows for the restoration of the Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu was destroyed in a hailstorm. The artist had been dissatisfied with the 1996 resolution of the window, and this "sign of God" presented an opportunity to design and fabricate a replacement, for which he was commissioned. The new window was inaugurated and blessed in 2010, and the design for the window was presented to the Swiss National Museum of Stained Glass in Romont."

"Looking back now, I see my stained glass for Romont as one of my most successful artistic enterprises. The western oculus I always felt was too bland, that it could have been better. It was the only window that troubled me. Then, a miracle: a furious storm pounded the Abbey with huge hailstones and the west oculus window was irretrievably damaged. I was asked to replace it and did so, but only after the inclusion into the original composition of a bright yellow-and-orange avian, amorphic shape that turned it instantly into a triumph of fate overcoming mediocrity. It remains to this day one of my most treasured works." – Brian Clarke, 2019, in his text 'Romont revisited', for the 6th Vitrofestival Romont/Swiss Glass Biennial.