Payson tem­ple win­dows are true works of art

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

In Novem­ber when I pho­tographed the moon be­hind the Moroni statue on the Payson Tem­ple, I was re­minded of the beau­ti­ful stained glass art­work that adorns the build­ing. The 600mm lens that I was us­ing brought in the tem­ple tower win­dows like I had never seen them be­fore. I want to share this pic­ture with you and re­view some in­ter­est­ing facts about the tem­ple’s stained glass win­dows.

The Payson Tem­ple has 600 ex­te­rior and 600 in­te­rior stained glass win­dows that were de­signed and as­sem­bled by Hold­man Stu­dios of Lehi. This is the largest amount of art glass of any LDS tem­ple to date. The Payson Tem­ple art work fea­tures ap­ple blos­soms and leaves to il­lus­trate the ap­ple or­chards the area is fa­mous for. The art work fol­lows a vine mo­tif through­out the tem­ple. The ma­jor­ity of the art glass is made up of two feet by two feet or two feet by six feet win­dows. Each win­dow is made up of thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual pieces, with many of them hand-painted with col­ored glass pow­der and heated to 1,200 de­grees Fahren­heit to fuse the glass to­gether. The in­di­vid­ual pieces are sol­dered to hold the glass in place. Each win­dow is a mas­ter­piece in its own right.

Gold­man Stu­dios, lo­cated at Thanks­giv­ing Point in Lehi, was the suc­cess­ful bid­der for the Payson Tem­ple win­dows. It was their 35th LDS tem­ple project since the com­pany was founded in 1988 by Tom Hold­man. Tours of their art glass fa­cil­ity are avail­able by prior ar­range­ment for a $20 fee by call­ing 801-766-4111.

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