best works of art in neon are in Times Square not in
the Museum of Modern Art.
The transillumination of colour across a building and
how that is dealt with is one of the most difficult things
in working with daylight. It is as capable of Las Vegas
vulgarity as the sublime experience of Chartres. That’s
what takes the longest thing to learn.
l Brian Clarke has been responsible for some of the
most enduring and radical stained glass windows of
the past 30 years, a field in which he is acknowledged
as a world leader. He also works in other media,
including painting, drawing, mosaic, sculpture and
tapestry. Among many honours and positions, he is
a visiting professor of architectural art at University
College London, honorary fellow of the Royal Institute
of British Architects, fellow of the Royal Society of
Arts and chairman of the Architecture Foundation,
London. He has lived and worked in Dusseldorf, Rome
and New York, as well as the UK, and collaborated
with Foster and Partners, IM Pei and Arata Isozaki
among other leading architects.
Above: Linköping Cathedral,
southern Sweden, 2010
Right: Stamford Cone,
Stamford, Connecticut, 1999,
a 14m-high structural artwork
and landmark feature, designed
by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
for the headquarters of UBS.
The structure entirely
consists of stained glass.
‘ The transillumination of
colour across a building and
how that is dealt with is one
of the most difficult things in
working with daylight’