By Natasha O’Hear, for CNN
Updated 8:15 PM ET, Thu December 8, 2016
Natasha O’Hear is a lecturer at the Institute of Theology, the Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews. She is co-author of Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millenia. Oxford University Press.
(CNN)”Make it bigger.” These were the instructions given to stained glass artist Tom Holdman, at the start of his work on “Roots of Knowledge,” an eighty-panel stained glass installation commissioned by Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, Utah. Recently unveiled at the brand new UVU Fulton Library — which was purpose-built to accommodate the panels — the $4.5 million work of art uses 60,000 individual pieces of glass to explore the evolution of knowledge and the common origin of humankind.
Holdman, who has a severe speech impediment, says he uses art as an alternative way of “speaking to people.” “Roots of Knowledge” is a much larger, more inclusive project than his previous work, which has included windows for many Mormon temples.
“Roots of Knowledge shows that this world is secular and also spiritual and how it all works as one because we all come from the same roots,” Holdman says.
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