The Enlightenment architecture of the Eastern State Penitentiary echoes the old ideal of prisoner rehabilitation, not punishment. While that idea might be trite to many of us, it still retains a kind of aesthetic beauty. After a year of brutally hard work, Philly-based stained glass artist Judith Schaechter has finished a series of breathtaking windows called The Battle of Carnival and Lent. They form a collage of human suffering and longing for transcendence shot through with sunlight. The installation will be on display on the walls of Eastern State cellblocks by the end of March, with a public reception on Friday, May 11th.
[Photo from Late Breaking Noose]