Glass Sculptor: Gabriele Wilpers, Essen, Germany
Gabriele Wilpers designed the glass sculpture on the West Wall of the Church of the Transfiguration, connecting the oculus window and lintel (over the main doors) in a seamless design portraying Christ’s Transfiguration. In Wilper’s studio at Essen and at the Derix Glasstudios in Taunusstein, Germany, she and glass fabricators collaborated on the modern abstract sculpture. The sculpture features sixty-four individually cast glass panels covered with gold-leaf paint, which was partially removed with an acid wash.The varying intensity of the gold and the pattern of ridges and valleys evoke elements of the reflected light from sunsets over the Cape Cod sand flats and combine to gather, reflect, and refract light, becoming a glistening and shimmering wall of Transfiguration splendor.
Artist: Helen McLean, Wexford, Ireland (see Mosaics)
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Helen McLean designed and fabricated the oculus window for the west wall, working with Architectural Glass Art in Louisville, KY. McLean also painted the processional path, apse mosaic, font floor, and ambo platform mosaics.