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Posted: May 17, 2012

Jubilee window for Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral has proudly unveiled its brand new Jubilee-inspired stained-glass window, bbc.co.uk reports.

People across the country are celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in many different ways and the South London cathedral decided to commission a very special window from Icelandic artist, Leifur Breidfjord, who was awarded the job after winning a competition.

To make the stunning window, Mr Breidfjord used glass that he had used previously on work for Reykjavik Cathedral back in 1985, icelandreview.com reports. The resulting piece comprises multi-coloured glass prisms, depicting ‘jewels descending from heaven’ and contains an inscription that reads: “Vivat Regina! Defender of the faith. Diamond Jubilee 2012″.

While the vast majority of people are unable to install a stained glass window in their home, it is still possible to make a feature out of the much-forgotten windows by revising dressings. Replacing bulky curtains or old-fashioned nets with attractive window shutters, for example, can not only open up a room while maintaining privacy, but lend it an air of class and sophistication.

Honoured, Mr Breidfjord said the piece was an immensely interesting project; adding that the piece was “a celebration to life, a vibrant, sparkling and colourful creation that inspires joy, happiness and optimism for the future.”

A service of dedication for the new window will take place on June 3rd, coinciding with the end of the flotilla for the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant in order that large numbers of people may attend.

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