Gerhard Richter's 'Symphony of Light': Cologne Cathedral Gets New Stained-Glass Window
Cologne Cathedral finally has a new stained-glass window, designed by Gerhard Richter, one of Germany's most important living artists. It replaces the plain glass window installed after the original was destroyed during World War II.
Visitors to Cologne Cathedral can now look forward to a kaleidoscope of glowing multi-colored light after a brand new abstract window was unveiled on Saturday.
Cologne's Gothic cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and was recently voted Germany's most popular tourist landmark. But many locals lamented the fact that the southern window had consisted of simple unadorned glass ever since the original stained-glass window was destroyed during World War II.
The cathedral decided to replace the window with a new design but plans for a more traditional figurative window were rejected by the cathedral in favor of Richter's abstract design.
The window was covered with a black cloth until Saturday when it was unveiled during a special service. Speaking during the ceremony, Monsignor Josef Sauerborn said that, "in its overwhelming abundance of color ... it is a symphony of light."
After the service, Cologne Mayor Fritz Schramma also voiced his praise for the new window: "The cathedral has been enriched and so has the city."
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