Art & Design Tuesday, September 27th Words by: Mark Bowen, pictures by: Mark Bowen

New stained glass window to be dedicated to the SAS

Art & Design Tuesday, September 27th

New stained glass window to be dedicated to the SAS

A new stained glass window and sculpture will be dedicated to the SAS at Hereford Cathedral.

The £1M project, funded through donations by the SAS Regimental Association, will provide a focus for reflection, pilgrimage and worship in the 1,300 year-old cathedral.

Called Ascension, the installation will be created by the world-renowned Royal Academy sculptor John Maine and is due to be completed by April 2017.

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Artist John Maine talks to Cybil Ruscoe about the installation.

The nine metre high installation includes 3,000 pieces of European glass in 40 different colours. 

The base of the sculpture, underneath the glazing, will include the SAS motto of 'Who Dares Wins', together with the SAS regimental badge.

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Artist John Maine with a sample of the glasswork. 

The line 'Always A Little Further', from the poem 'The Golden Road to Samarkand' by James Elroy Flecker, will be engraved into the window.

"The starting point for me was the nave of Hereford Cathedral," said artist John Maine. "Light streams in from the south-facing window and the wall below is cast into darkness by contrast. 

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The sample in front of the window where the stained glass will be fitted. 

"The physical challenge was to create unity between these diverse elements. 

"This called for a robust response to the brief, which avoided rhetoric and bombast.

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The early draft of the stained glass window and monument.

"I wanted to concentrate on an uplifting energy, hence the title 'Ascension'.

"The work ascends from the still contemplative stonework through a progression in the window, from darkness to light.

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The stone monument will be engraved with the words 'Always a Little Further'. 

"I hope to create a place of stillness in the cathedral, where soliders and their families could pause and contemplate.

"The work should also inspire and offer a sense of resolution.

"I found the combination of stone and glass very stimulating and this has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me."

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