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The Roots of Knowledge at Glaziers’ Art Fair

On the occasion of the second Glaziers’ Art Fair in London, supported by the Oxford University Alumni Network, a great education project from Utah called the “Roots of Knowledge” will be exhibited at Glaziers’ Hall on 25th and 26th October, 2016. The stained-glass mural, which chronicles the human quest for intellectual advancement and progress is a monumental work, measuring 200 feet in length and 10 feet in height.

On the occasion of the second Glaziers’ Art Fair in London, supported by the Oxford University Alumni Network, a great education project from Utah called the “Roots of Knowledge” will be exhibited at Glaziers’ Hall on 25th and 26th October, 2016. The stained-glass mural, which chronicles the human quest for intellectual advancement and progress is a monumental work, measuring 200 feet in length and 10 feet in height.

The “Roots of Knowledge” mural has been in the making for 12 years and starts with the dawn of humanity, taking you through the ages, all the way up to the present day. The panes are vibrant glass paintings and interpretations of world history, including major inventions such as the Mayan Calendar and the printing press; important figures such as Joan of Arc and the Kangxi Emperor; major world events, such as Scotland’s Declaration of Arbroath and the American Civil Rights Movement; and thousands of other historical figures, tools and events.

In one panel, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams write the Declaration of Independence by candlelight. Another panel shows important representations of the 13th and 14th centuries, including Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire; the Mosque of Isfahan in Iran; Dante Alighieri, ‘the Father of the Italian Language’; and the University of Krakow, the oldest university in Poland, whose most famous student was Copernicus.

The idea was to create a fusion of art, education and public space, and was conceived by Utah artist Tom Holdman and Utah Valley University President, Matthew Holland. Altogether, “Roots of Knowledge” incorporates 60,000 pieces of glass, as well as actual rock, fossils, coins, meteorite, petrified wood and coral. It combines the work and guidance of more than 40 professional artists, 26 Utah Valley University scholars and more than 350 UVU students.

 

K-1: Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Stained Glass. During the Dark Ages, the twin-foundation in Northumbria known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Monkwearmoth-Jarrow was an Anglo-Saxon centre of learning in England. Amongst its scholars was one of the greatest minds of his generation, Bede the Venerable. The monastic church of St. Paul's is home to the world's oldest stained-glass windows, dating from around 600 AD. The featured image is that of a small mosaic window containing original fragments of Saxon glass, discovered by archaeologists on the grounds and reconstructed in the 1970s.
K-1: Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Stained Glass. During the Dark Ages, the twin-foundation in Northumbria known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Monkwearmoth-Jarrow was an Anglo-Saxon centre of learning in England. Amongst its scholars was one of the greatest minds of his generation, Bede the Venerable. The monastic church of St. Paul’s is home to the world’s oldest stained-glass windows, dating from around 600 AD. The featured image is that of a small mosaic window containing original fragments of Saxon glass, discovered by archaeologists on the grounds and reconstructed in the 1970s.
K-3: The Venerable Bede records his opus Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People); St. Augustine of Hippo, ecclesiastical author The City of God and Confessions, as depicted in a Tiffany leaded-glass portrait from the Gilded Age, Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
K-3: The Venerable Bede records his opus Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People); St. Augustine of Hippo, ecclesiastical author The City of God and Confessions, as depicted in a Tiffany leaded-glass portrait from the Gilded Age, Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
L-1: Illuminated manuscripts from the early Middle Ages from all over the world. These include The Book of Kells, Bayeux Tapestry, Beowulf, The Council of Nicea, The Eadwine Psalter, The Canon of Medicine, Genesha, and the Toledan Tables.
L-1: Illuminated manuscripts from the early Middle Ages from all over the world. These include The Book of Kells, Bayeux Tapestry, Beowulf, The Council of Nicea, The Eadwine Psalter, The Canon of Medicine, Genesha, and the Toledan Tables.
L-2: The Prophet Daniel as depicted in a stained glass window from Augsburg Cathedral (c. 1050), one of the oldest stained glass windows still in situ; statue of Pope Sylvester II (c.946-1003), a great promoter of arts and sciences, from Aurillac, Auvergne, France; wooden bird sculptures used by the Sakalava of Madagascar for funerary purposes and meant to symbolise the interconnection between life and death, with a lemur also from Madagascar by their sides.
L-2: The Prophet Daniel as depicted in a stained glass window from Augsburg Cathedral (c. 1050), one of the oldest stained glass windows still in situ; statue of Pope Sylvester II (c.946-1003), a great promoter of arts and sciences, from Aurillac, Auvergne, France; wooden bird sculptures used by the Sakalava of Madagascar for funerary purposes and meant to symbolise the interconnection between life and death, with a lemur also from Madagascar by their sides.

History matters to the modern world, as Cambridge Professor Mary Beard, who received the Princess of Asturias Social Sciences award last Wednesday, 19th October, has been reminding us during her successful career. SEEN finds the exhibition at Glazier’s Art Fair a fascinating and uplifting way to learn about our past.

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