Stained Glass Window, by Delia Whitbread
Reality and light exist,
But neither death nor darkness.
All of us are on the seashore now
And I am one of those who haul in the nets
When a shoal of Immortality comes in...
From Life, Life by Arseniy Tarkovsky
The Russian film director, Andrei Tarkovsky, was born in 1932. His films were
internationally acclaimed for their poetic and prophetic power. This memorial
window uses imagery common to Tarkovsky's work - trees and water, fire and
icons. It was largely inspired by the final scene of The Sacrifice; the
last film that Tarkovsky made before his death from cancer in December 1986.
Also incorporated are extracts from the poetry of his father, Arseniy
Tarkovsky, in Russian and English translation. The verse in the lower panels
is from Life, Life and the Russian text in the tree translates as "But there
has to be more." The icon of The Holy Trinity is by the fifteenth century
Russian painter Andrei Rublov who was the subject of Tarkovsky's most famous
film. The names of this and the other films he made in his tragically short
working life are recorded in the seven red flowers in the branches of the
This piece was originally designed for the Museum of the Moving Image London
and was on loan to the Museum until 1999. It measures 150 cm x 150 cm and needs
a permanent home. The window is for sale at $30,000, or nearest offer.
The artist, Delia Whitbread is a stained glass designer and maker in the UK.
She works as a lecturer in London and is current undertaking a Ph.D. at the
University of Sunderland. More information can be found about her work on
Poetry translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair from Sculpting in Time, by Andrei
Tarkovsky, The Bodley Head, London 1986.
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