The main message of these eight stained-glass windows is "hope, dream, imagine," words that appear at the center of each piece. Surrounding photographs, drawings, and text create a collage of local history. Topics range from archeology (represented by old maps, an Algonquian wampum belt, and fossils) to nature (birds and trees from the area). Photos of students and a page from a 19th-century textbook illustrate the school's heritage. Finally a DNA double helix, a computer, the area's first printing press, and a portrait of poet EE Cummings remind students of great scientific, cultural, and artistic achievements.
Maine-based Nancy O'Neil has been a practicing stained glass artist since the early 1970s, soon after she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Her commissions include many New England churches, schools, and public buildings. She has exhibited at the Portland, Maine Museum of Art, Bates College, and the Portland School of Art. Although her primary medium is stained glass, she has also incorporated fiber optics, cast glass, and neon into her work.
Commissioned through the Cambridge Arts Council's Public Art Program