Throne Room Angel
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Throne Room Angel Project
Covid19Keith Sheppard Irish Glassware and Glass Sculpture case study overview –
Commissioned in 2019 by Magheralin Parish, Church of Ireland, to form part of their ‘Angels Among Us’ exhibition exploring the stories of God’s Angels. This unique faith art exhibition, featuring ‘life sized’ Angels sculpted in glass, ceramics, metal, wood and a range of other media will challenge and enthral you.
Presented and curated by Magheralin Parish Church, Church of Ireland, in Magheralin, County Down, Northern Ireland
The opening celebration took place on the 28th November 2019 continuing until 8th December.
The exhibition was being considered for a tour of the island of Ireland, but was postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic.
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The artist brief for the commission was –
Conceive and create a life size angel sculpted in glass, relevant to the scriptures.
The Throne Room Angel – John received a ‘vision’ or picture of heaven as God’s throne room, and before the throne was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal’ (Revelation 4:6)
John describes angels around the throne, four living creatures each with six wings worshiping and declaring God’s nature and character.
The Throne Room Angel reflects the crystal sapphire sea of the vast heavenly ocean surrounding God.
The six glass wings radiate the angels’ endless refrain.
This was a very challenging brief. Particularly because of the size of the angel.
How to make a life sized glass angel, weighing 100kgs, capable of being transported to different exhibition sites.
The key words identified to drive its design were ‘six wings’, ‘sea of glass’ and ‘vast heavenly ocean’.
The cardboard manikin was made up of the sections – Bottom, upper and head. Each having six wings. This formed the basis of the glass construction. But how to construct the frame for the glass angel.
The assistance of Southern Regional College came to the rescue and produced a CAD video of how the construction would be formed to assist the metal fabricator.
The bottom and upper wings were produced in the kiln – up to three days in the kiln for each piece.
The completed glass angel sculpture on display at the exhibition.