09 April 2007

September 11 scene on Dutch stained-glass window

Dutch artist Marc Mulders, who has designed a stained-glass window at Sint Jan Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, which includes a still image of a plane flying into one of the Twin Towers in New York on Septemeber 11, 2001. The window has been blessed by a bishop.

According to Mulders, the window depicts heaven and hell, and the still of the plane signifies "hell on earth" (BBC).

I understand why the plane was placed in the stained-glass window: it is certainly one of the more shocking and horrific images of recent times. Nevertheless, I hope that, in the ethnically and religiously charged atmosphere of the Netherlands, the window does not lead to the demonisation of any particular community.

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