This blog exists to inspire people to seek out all the great art that lives in and around the Minneapolis skyway.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thrivent Stained Glass for Lutherans and Everyone

The Reformation Window by the late Conrad Pickel of Pickel Studios was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Brotherhood and installed in their Minneapolis headquarters in 1956. This three panel stained glass window depicts the life of Martin Luther, in the interest of furthering discussion and study about the Protestant Reformation. Now it lives in the downtown headquarters of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The insets show the amazing detail and color of this piece, made of European hand-blown glass. Pickel learned his trade at the famed Mayer Studios in Munich before opening his own company here in the states.

This is just one example of the gorgeous Christian art that the Thrivent Building has displayed in and around its lobby. There are examples of weaving, sculpture, woodwork and mosaic in their reception area, not to mention that they have their own FREE Gallery of Religious Art open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm. It's definitely worth a trip!

1 comment:

  1. Nice. Not sure if my lil' Lutheran has seen this posting yet, but I will definitely point it out to her. Great stained glass.