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Gerhard Richter has replaced one of the stained-glass windows in the Cologne cathedral with a design of his own:

[He made] the 65-foot-tall work to replace the original, destroyed by bombs in World War II. As a starting point, he used his own 1974 painting 4096 Colors. To create that piece — a 64-by-64 grid of squares — Richter devised a mathematical formula to systematically mix permutations of the three primary colors and gray. Funny coincidence: 4,096 is also the number of “Web-smart” colors that display consistently on older computer screens, a limitation some Web designers still take into account…

The Cologne window is made of 11,500 four-inch ” pixels” cut from original antique glass in a total of 72 colors. Why not 4,096? Turns out there are stained glass-smart colors, too. Some hues in Richter’s initial design were either historically inaccurate or too pale — they would have outshone the squares around them. So the artist modified his palette to include only colors with a suitably archaic cast.  (Carolyn Rausch, Wired)

The new window is a replication of one of his own paintings, done in “pixels” of antique glass. Interesting meeting of science/ reason and religion/ the divine. I’m also curious about how this blog and some of the work I’m doing seems to be developing a fascination with grid patterning systems…. Very unexpected.   

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