The Leckie Window

The Leckie Window was designed and created by Napier Waller in 1935 it was installed in the south wall of the south west embrasure of the original Wilson Hall at The University of Melbourne and unveiled at the Conferring of Degrees ceremony that year. Wilson Hall was totally destroyed by fire in January 1952. The Leckie Window was the only major artwork to survive the fire and miraculously most of the glass was recovered intact. Stored for 45 years, it was extensively cleaned and repaired in 1997. It is now a major feature of The Ian Potter Museum of Art.

The Leckie window contains six figures, of which only two are human , and through the medium of Bible story and Greek myhology, represents in allegory the evolution of man and human culture. 

The six tracery lights in the arch at the top of the window depict the Six Days of Creation of the Book of Genesis, the upper two showing from left to right:
– The seperation of light from darkness
– The division of the waters above from the waters beneath
– The creation of earth and trees and herbs
-The creation of sun, moon and stars
– The creation of whales and creatures that live in the sea
– The creation of man

The main window consists of six oblong panels, from top tp bottom, and here Greek myhology is used. The female figures in the three panels on the left are Artemis (godess of all nature), Persephone (queen of the underworld), Sappho (the poet), with the corresponding male figures on the right being Apollo (the sun), Prometheus (one of the Titans) and Pheidias (the sculptor).

In a manner appropriate to the spiritual and symbolic nature of the these, the colour tones of the window have a gentler, softer, subtler, quality of liquid transparence; pale and ethereal in the divine region of the upper panels, they gradually become deeper and richer towards the human region of the lower ones.


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