Work began last week on the Bishop O’Loughlin Memorial Window, for St Mary’s Cathedral, Darwin. The existing coloured glass windows are being deglazed, and the old steel frames replaced with brand new cyclone rated sections from Capral.
The new glass is a 14.28mm Tempest Guard™ makeup, which consists of 2x 6mm toughened low iron paired with a 2.28mm SGP structural interlayer from DuPont. This makeup is cyclone rated to Region C, so it will have no problem standing up to whatever weather Darwin decides to throw at it.
The ImagInk surface has been produced on surface 4 of the glass, or the inside surface. This decision was made in order to reduce reflectivity of the windows when seen from inside the church. Having the printed surface on the inside doesn’t affect the colours, and the ceramic inks can be cleaned with any standard cleaning products without affecting the printed surface.
Above and below: The first of the 8 new panels finished. The glaziers are
working from the top down, and pulling the scaffolding down as
The project is gathering significant interest from the local media and last week the artists who created the artwork were interviewed outside the cathedral. We will post more photos as the new printed glass windows are installed, as well as artist profiles which will include the story behind each image.