Stained Glass Image of the Day: Oil Industry Chapel, Aberdeen (Shona Macinnes)

Stained Glass artist Shona McInnes won the coveted 'Saltire' award for this stained glass window in St Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen, featuring the North Sea Oil Industry and its links with Aberdeen.

 Oil Industry Chapel window, St John's Chapel in the Kirk of St Nicholas. Photo:  Nick Thomson

Oil Industry Chapel window, St John's Chapel in the Kirk of St Nicholas. Photo: Nick Thomson

The window marks 25 years of oil exploration in the North Sea, showing the relationship between the city of Aberdeen and the oil industry. It contrasts the new offshore technology with traditional local industries. At the heart of the window is the market town of Aberdeen, whose traditional fishing industry is represented by the overflowing nets of a trawler. Beyond, lie today’s harvesters of the sea: the oil tankers, support vessels and supply boats which service the north sea oil fields. Glass lenses symbolise all the oil and gas fields in production when the window was made, with a white lens commemorating the Piper Alpha field. The window won a ‘’Saltire’ Award for Arts in Architecture.
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