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time in tessellate, 2020

Tyndale University Chapel Foyer Commission & Installation, Kiln-formed glass

"The beauty of each element of the artwork speaks for itself. The panels are timeless and calming, vibrant and inspiring. " - Tyndale University
Layne Verbeek: Glass Art Installation
Layne Verbeek: Glass Art Installation, Tyndale University
Artist's Description


Every mosaic piece, whether bright or dull is near insignificant. But the artful assemblage of these countless fragments may render the very thoughts and dreams of humankind’s existence.


The carapace symbol found throughout the buildings architecture is central to each panel and a mosaic band flows throughout each season replicating seasonal change and the grand mosaic at the altar of the chapel. Each panel also includes a glass casting of each featured tree's bark surface.

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Winter features both the White Pine (Ontario’s official tree) and the River Birch. Its ribbon, low to the ground, roiling with cold, contains many gold-coloured glass pieces, that, in an adapted Morse Code, spell out Tyndale’s Greek motto, “Douloi Cristou”.


While the cherry tree is not native to Toronto, it is certainly the focus of many Toronto natives’ celebration of Spring. Its ribbon, gathering warming air, is without messag., The tree is wrapped with a small river and pathway, just as the maples and walking paths lead to the East Don River flowing through the Tyndale grounds.


Summer is anchored with a large White Oak tree. It sits in the middle of an open field with a gentle hill, such as the one west of campus' buildings. The hot sun is a geometric capture of the decorative gold ceiling over the Chapel’s altar. Its Morse-coded ribbon, climbing with the sun and heat, contains Tyndale’s original name, “Toronto Bible Training School”.


Autumn features our most Canadian of trees, the Red Maple. Designed most to reflect the traditions of stained glass it is wrapped with a the ribbon for the quieting and cooling season, celebrating, “Tyndale University, 2020”.

Glass Artist Layne Verbeek
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