Artist Gets Creative with Recycled X-Rays as Stained-Glass Windows

By: | November 17th, 2014

Image courtesy Wim Delvoye

Renowned Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has spent much of his illustrious art career altering unused objects into incredible works of art. Since the early 2000s, he has been fascinated with Gothic architecture, a style of architecture that flourished during the high and late medieval period.

He created some very unusual stained-glass windows and sculptural works made of steel, lead, glass and actual x-rays.


At first glance, these buildings may look like a standard Gothic cathedral. On closer inspection, you will be surprised to find the window structures are made using x-rays. One can see teeth, intestines, skulls and other anatomical features. Others are more explicit in their representation.

For his “Chapel” series, he took x-rays of two friends performing sexual acts, hugging and kissing and then he combined the x-rays with stained glass to fill the windows of a Gothic-style chapel.


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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