Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, US is one of three glass chapels in Arkansas.
This chapel rises 48 feet into the sky with over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows. The chapel is made with all organic materials to fit its natural setting. The only steel in the structure forms a diamond shaped pattern in its wooden trusses. The building has a native flagstone floor surrounded by a rock wall. To preserve the natural setting, no structural element could be larger than what two men could carry through the woods.
The surrounding woods offered a quiet calm beauty and breeze-stirred trees are rest for my weary soul. However, Thorncrown Chapel was a beautiful gem amid it.
Its architect, E. Fay Jones, who was mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright, was recognized as one of the top ten living architects of the 20th century. Thorncrown was listed fourth on the American Institute of Architects top ten buildings of the 20th century.
The light play on these rafters among trees and amid seasons offers an exceptional opportunity to revel in rich tonality and creative perspective. By stacking the images, I achieved great clarity throughout that turns this marvel of architecture into a study of fine art and architecture alike.
While photographing Thorncrown, I had the pleasure of becoming an informal pop-up photographer of people's families and friends, infusing the building, images, and day with the diversity and inclusivity of the chapel’s walls that became a part of my memory.