2012-02-10 / Community

Local Designs Cathedral Coat Of Arms

By Debbie Fleury

Cardinal Dolan’s coat of arms, which will be installed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by local artist Patrick Clark. Cardinal Dolan’s coat of arms, which will be installed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by local artist Patrick Clark. Noted Rockaway artist Patrick Clark, the man who designed the stained glass cupola in Tribute Park, has been commissioned to design the stained-glass Coat of Arms of Timothy Cardinal O’Connor for installation in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, one of the most renowned cathedrals in the world.

An artist for 27 years, Clark has previously done a number of placements for St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Now that New York City will have a newly-named cardinal to lead the cathedral, he’s exerting a new scope to commemorate the appointment.

The ornate stained glass design will consist of 500 pieces of glass cut by hand.

The Wave asked Clark how challenging it would be to work with that scale and he was happy to discuss his technique. “It’s like drawing on a flat surface,” he said. “Except that on stainedglass, you move pieces around and adapt and make things fit.”

It took ten hours to prepare the blueprint of the Coat of Arms design, and the estimated amount of time it would take to translate the drawing into stained-glass is a calculation that makes Clark beam with confidence.

“I am obsessive about my work and perfection,” he explained. And instead of reviewing the timeframe he was most concerned about the aesthetic distinction between “exceptional” and “pretty,” and he valued the spiritual significance that the Coat of Arms design would have once it was complete. Currently consisting of American-made glass and painted mouth-blown antique fibers from Germany, the Coat of Arms will be installed in the skylight of the Cardinal’s Private Sacristy — just in time for Cardinal Dolan’s return from the Roman consistory.

Those interested in viewing the coat of arms can go to Sunlites Stained Glass, at 114-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park, on Sat-urday and Sunday, February 11 and 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

The coat of arms will be installed before Cardinal Dolan returns from the Vatican on February 18.

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