New orb display at Minster

A contemporary metal orb has been installed at York Minster to display sections of glass from the Great East Window during its restoration.

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VIDEO: York Minster orb shows off glass panels

It's the biggest expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, maybe even the world and it's been described as the English equivalent of the Sistine Chapel. But York Minster's Great East Window is currently covered up for a major restoration project.

That work means some of the large panels of glass that normally tower high over visitors have been brought down to ground level giving visitors a unique chance to see them close up. The finishing touches are being made to a new exhibition and James Webster's been for a preview.


Designer: We didn't want something to just blend in with the Minster

The designer responsible for putting a contemporary metal orb inside York Minster to display a selection of newly restored glass panels from the Great East Window says he deliberately didn't want anything which would just blend in with the gothic architecture.

Paul Lee says he was determined to install a structure which would create a sense of intrigue and have a jewel-like quality.