In March 2006, MSOE commissioned H.D. Tylle to create eight stained-glass windows (measuring 88 x 64 inches) for the dome of the new Grohmann Museum. The themes and subjects for the works were selected from the Man at Work Collection. The windows depict workers at a river valley iron smelter and the construction of the Tower of Babel as well as men and women in the roles of rolling miller, hay harvester, blacksmith, carpenter, cooper and quarryman. When creating a stained-glass window, making an accurate template of the window opening and determining the strength of glass and lead are the starting points. H.D. Tylle developed a compositional grid for all the windows, selected details from the original paintings and created his own artworks in which he employed coloration appropriate for the medium of stained glass. First, he completed eight ink and watercolor sketches of the proposed compositions. These sketches were created because they come closest to capturing the effect of stained glass. The next challenge was developing a drawing that could serve as the basis for a stained glass design. Tylle completed these drawings in the original size in his studio in Kassel, Germany.|
The windows were produced by the “Mayerische Hofkunstanstalt” in Munich. There the drawings were silk-screen printed on the glass and colored by the glasspainter Marcela Großhauser in close collaboration with the artist. The glass is then framed in lead, soldered into place and made weather-tight using a soft, oily cement called mastic.
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