Japanese-born artist Jun Kaneko designed 13 kilnformed (fused) windows for the main sanctuary of Temple Har Shalom, the first synagogue in Park City, Utah. Har Shalom, meaning Mountain of Peace, is a reference to the synagogue’s location high in the Utah mountains. Also known as the Ski Shul, Temple Har Shalom’s natural surroundings and Park City’s snowy winters were essential considerations in the design of the work.
While color choice was important, as was leaning heavily on the guidance of the congregation, Kaneko sought congruence with the goals of the new structure’s architect, Alfred Jacoby. Jacoby is a foremost authority on modern Jewish religious architecture and past professor and director of the Dessau Institute of Architecture (in the historic Bauhaus at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences).
Accustomed to designing synagogues in his native Germany, continually addressing the nation's history of tragedy and atrocity through architecture, Jacoby engaged the Park City project as an opportunity to explore a discourse between his work and nature. The results feature high, undulating ceilings that call to the mountains outside, along with an abundance of native woods and natural light. For his part, Kaneko took all this in and then forged forward with colors and visual textures befitting the environment and spiritual needs of the space. According to the congregation’s first rabbi, “The windows have been likened to a tallis – the Jewish prayer shawl … enveloping the congregation in spirituality, warmth and community.”
For the making of these windows, comprised of 713 square feet of colored glass, Kaneko provided detailed, pane-by-pane specifications for Bullseye Studio’s fabrication team to follow, included the hand placement of 159,120 1mm threads of glass, known as stringer, onto base layers of ½” clear glass. The work is composed of 468 fused glass panes arranged into larger panels that make a central window measuring 30’ high x 25’ wide and 12 side windows, each 13’ 5” high x 1’ 3” wide. All fused glass panels were placed to the inside of the building’s exterior windows and therefore were not required to function as part of the building envelope.
Learn more at: https://studio.bullseyeglass.com/projects/temple-har-shalom/