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Legacy of Light

By Tim Hilderbrand and Tammy Rosenfeldt

Upper School's Stain Glass Class revealed their triptych this week – a piece they have been working on since the beginning of the school year, and have now permanently installed in CHCA's greenhouse.


Three beautiful panels of stained glass greet visitors as they enter the greenhouse. Much thought was put into each of the panels, which were designed using over 900 pieces of individually cut glass! All three of them had to have a total measurement of approximately 3'X6' and collectively represent the lifecycle of a plant - from seed to blossom, pollination, and fruit. Upper School Art Teacher Mr. Tim Hilderbrand shared, "The art students could not have been more excited to dedicate their pieces, and see them as they were meant to be seen: with the sun shining brightly through them!"

Upper School Science Teacher and leader of CHCA's aquaponics program, Dr. Kevin Savage, added that the pieces "...represent our walk with Christ." In the first panel, seeds that are planted during a faith journey grow and mature. The middle panel represents community that surrounds believers and helps them to grow in their walk. And represented in the third panel, as believers mature and develop in their walk with Christ, they bear fruit. The Celtic knot that surrounds the piece is a nod to the Trinity, as well as Dr. Savage's heritage. Looking closely, it is clear that the vine consists of three strands.


The students who created the seed panel were Alexandra Besecker '19, Suzanna Bruns '21, Clara Russell '19, and Maddy Yankoff '21.

Those who created the pollinator panel were Wyatt Droege '19, Erin McDaniel '21, Sarah Sandstrom '21, and Shannon Sturm '19.

Completing the fruit panel were Joey Bettinger '19, Jack Kolar '19, Shannon Riley '19, Bobby Stewart '19, and Logan Wilson '20.

Dr. Savage shared in his excitement as part of the dedication. "[These are] three panels that I will get to see every day as I enter the greenhouse, backlit by the rising sun. Three panels to greet the students and visitors to the greenhouse. A labor of love! I am humbled and grateful and blessed! Excited to know that these will be on display as long as the greenhouse stands!"

The sequence and content of the triptych is designed and created to be viewed from the inside of the greenhouse, like a church. And like every work of art, it is best viewed in person.

This stained-glass project is the 12th stained glass window to be created and installed at the MSL Upper School Campus. May the "Legacy of Light" continue!