St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of London’s most famous churches. It is located in the very center of the city, on the corner of Trafalgar Square, among its parishioners you can often see the royal family. Despite external orthodoxy, there is one “highlight” in it that is amazing. This is the “East Window” by Iranian-born designer Shirazeh Houshiary. It resembles a cross reflected on the surface of the water.
The church was built in 1726 by the architect James Gibbs, but an unusual window was created much later, already in the 21st century. In the early 2000s, the church was closed for restoration, and then this innovation appeared in the familiar appearance of the building. Thanks to the original design, it was possible to achieve greater illumination of the eastern part of the building.
The window frame is made of stainless steel, handmade glass panels are inserted into the holes. It was this window that was not redone by accident: during the Second World War, the eastern part of the building was damaged during the bombing, the original stained-glass windows were not preserved.
Art historians have taken the innovation ambiguously, although Shirazeh Houshiary commented on his concept: “The Universe is in a stage of gradual disintegration, undergoing constant destruction. We strive to stabilize the order of things. This intense desire delighted me and served as an impetus for my work. ”