Historic windows provide hope for lasting peace 

The Presidio Officers Club has on view a one-of-a-kind art exhibit titled "Remembered Light: Glass Fragments from World War II. The McDonald Windows," which took eight years to create. Yet its origin was decades ago, when Army Chaplain Frederick McDonald collected shards of stained glass from damaged European churches at the close of World War II. In more recent years, 13 artists from Europe and the U.S. incorporated the shards into 25 contemporary pieces of art.

Their "windows" feature media including ceramic, silk screen, vinyl, copper and glass and they vary from a 9-by-14-inch glass book, its shard from an unknown site, by Armelle Le Roux (the exhibit’s principal artist and project manager), to a 41-by-30-inch crown of thorns in antique glass by Narcissus Quagliata, with shards from the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Metz, France.

From 1999 until his death in 2002, the Rev. McDonald collaborated with Le Roux to envision the McDonald Windows. He hoped the works of art would "serve as a memorial to the places they were found and offer hope for lasting peace."

The show is on display through April 15. The officers club is at 50 Moraga Ave., in the Presidio of San Francisco.Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is free. For information, call (415) 775-4635 or visit www.interfaith-presidio.org/mcdonald.

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