Rose Window


Carl Edwards



  • Window(s)


  • Glass


  • Over 5000mm in diameter

Carl Edwards, 'Rose Window' (1973), Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2020


“A generous anonymous gift in memory of the pioneers of our land, over 5m in diameter. The glass was designed and made by Carl Edwards, one of Britain’s finest stained glass artists. The design is a symbolic representation of the Holy Trinity under which name the Cathedral is dedicated. The main element of the design consists of an eye, in the top segment, the medieval symbol of God the Father; a ruby cross running right through, as symbol of God the Son; and a dove in the centre, symbolising God the Holy Spirit. The reinforced stone-effect sections of the window frame ware held together by heavy stainless-steel dowels, thus avoiding the possibility of rust. As the artist predicted, the window glows like a jewel across the city at night.”

– text courtesy Holy Trinity Cathedral