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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Richter at Cologne Cathedral

Richter and the 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.

The 11,500 squares of glass in 72 colours fill the 20-metre-high window, which was designed by Gerhard Richter, one of Germany's most important living artists. The 75-year-old painter and photographer declared that he was happy the project had been a success, particularly as, unlike his other work, it isn't intended to hang for a short time but is to be a "window for eternity."