Jorge Ortiz Bencomo
Jorge Ortiz Bencomo is the artist who created this stunning stained glass window at the recently build
Santuario de Martires de Cristo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The church is the largest in Latin America and is able to hold 12 thousand worshiper. Here is a little background story.
The Marires of Christ Sanctuary project has been planned since 2005; however, due to financial and legal problems, this project was not started until February 5, 2007.
The architectural part was planned and carried out by GVA, architect José Manuel Gómez Vázquez Aldana, one of the most famous ateliers in Latin America.
The stained glass window was designed by Fray Gabriel Chavez De La Mora; a Benedictine monk, who is working in the field of sacred art since 75 years. Today he is 90 years old.
The Bencomo glass studio was opened in 1920 and is now run in 3rd generation by Jorge Ortiz Bencomo, who was in charge of the glass work and installation of this magnificent window.
This over all window is 50m x 40m = 2000 m² (22,000 square feet)
The Bencomo team installed and isolated the complete window reinforced with a 1/4″ tempered glass to protect from 200 km /hr. wind force; separated with 1/4″ silica desiccant tape to prevent fog and humidity.
Wissmach Glass does work closely with artists around the world to provide the glass for some pretty major projects. This is one of them. We provided the Jorge Ortiz Bencomo studio with 30,000 square feet (2878 m²) of glass.
Each square is a window in itself with several different colored glass rectangles and squares. Here is a little close up look of the different panels.
I like traveling with what I call the Google Plane and car, taking trips to all kind of places in the world.
Link to Map: Santuario de Martires de Cristo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Since I have shown it to a lot of people who are not familiar with it, I will talk about it here as well. You might already be using it, but just in case you are not.
When you look at a google map you do have the option to switch between Satellite and Map view. In Map view you see a this little yellow figure in the right hand corner.
Grab it with your mouse and place it on the map. The colors of the streets that can be driven with the your “google car” are turning blue once you move the yellow figure. Drop the now dancing (wo)man on one of those blue streets and enjoy the ride by clicking on the street with your left mouse button.