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In a recent tour of the museum by the Architectural League of New York, artist Deborah Gans talked about the process of creating the window with Kiki Smith and weaving symbolic elements into the design.
The window was made by putting a thick coating of liquid silicone on top of the base layer, and then "floating" hundreds of odd-shaped pieces of stained glass into place. Each panel is created separately and then left to cure to form a solid sandwich of glass with the silicone in the middle. The silicone remains completely transparent over time and will be flexible enough so the entire rose window can expand and contract to resist changes in temperature without damaging the stained glass.
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