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Leonard French
Alpha and omega
1969-70

41 parts of cut & faceted dalle de verre glass
Gift of Sir Lindsay Clark 1970
Monash University Collection
Location: Robert Blackwood Hall, 29 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton campus


Intersections between spirituality, beauty and modernity figure in Leonard French’s majestic stained glass work, Alpha and omega of 1969-70. Commissioned to adorn the western aspect of the Robert Blackwood Hall designed by Roy Grounds, the window was a gift of Sir Lindsay Clark, a Monash benefactor and engineer. The work draws its title from the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and also  from biblical references. French’s reassembled hand-shattered glass was made in a predominantly Christian context and creates an ecclesiastic image by the dramatic use of colour and light.