The windows in the Sanctuary at Sierra Vista were constructed between May,1990, and September, 1992. Based on an original design by Mary Lynn Lee, they contain a total of 21, 609 hand cut pieces of glass. The glass artists were Joe and Jeany Coughran.
Each window is designed as a celebration of the gift of creation and of our lives in our own promised lands. Each of the four windows contain a composite of various flora and fauna mentioned in the scriptures or indigenous to the Holy Lands. Israel, along with much of the Mediterranean area, has basically a two season year -- the growing time and the resting time; the days of the sun and the days of the rain. These two season have been subdivided to coincide with our general understanding of a four-season year.
The Holy Lands are part of a land bridge, a crossroads where the flora and fauna of Africa, Europe, and Asia meet. A part of the Fertile Crescent, the promised land was once alive with foliage and trees, flowers, and fruit. Centuries of cultivation, caravans, construction , and destruction have greatly changed the face of the primeval landscape. The vegetation and animal life have been greatly reduced, and some species have disappeared entirely.
We invite you to consider the explanations below to learn more about their designs.