Artist’s church installation


Let there be light: David Wright installing his window in St John’s Anglican Church, Flinders. Picture: Supplied

A STAINED glass window by renowned artist David Wright has been installed at St John’s Church, Flinders.

The design by Wright, who has a studio and lives at Flinders, incorporates the emblem of St John, the golden eagle, and represents the Bun Wurrung people with indigenous plants.

Glass used by Wright in his windows is layered and moulded in the kiln to produce “rich colour and texture”.

The window can be viewed by the public in the Kings St, Flinders church on 4 and 5 November during the annual flower festival.

Wright, whose past commissions include work for the new Parliament House, Canberra and the Creation wall at St James, King St, Sydney, spent his childhood holidays on the Mornington Peninsula 60 years ago. “David’s exceptional skill and imagination in this rare art is shown brilliantly in the wonderful window in which he also expresses his profound and deeply spiritual understanding of theology,” St John’s vicar the Rev Jennifer Furphy said.

Some of Wright’s other major projects include 22 windows for Temple Beth Israel Synagogue in Melbourne and a commission for St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide celebrating women’s ministry.

Recent work for Caulfield Grammar School involves major windows for the Wheelers Hill campus and 12 panels for the chapel of St Paul in Caulfield.

Wright’s art is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Glass Collection and has featured in exhibitions in Australia, the United States, Europe and Japan.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 31 October 2017


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