By Hayley Pugh
A couple have spent almost two years building their very own awe-inspiring STAINED GLASS greenhouse and hope to sell it for more than £46,000.
The functional greenhouse, created by Tony Heywood and Alison Condie, is made up of over 2000 pieces of 18th and 19th century stained glass from churches throughout Britain, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
The couple, who live in London, spent more than a year and a half on the extraordinary project and painstakingly dismantling and reconfiguring each piece of glass.
Tony said: “We didn’t count how many pieces were used, but we estimate over 2000.
“Our local vicar agreed it was fine and insisted no one would be offended.
“We sourced the glass from a private collector who amazingly gave us access to a lot of old glass that he had.
“Much of it was broken, but he allowed us to take a massive quantity to select from to make up our new collage of glass.”
The couple sourced the glass from a private collector who had hundreds of old and broken pieces which he allowed them to use.
The greenhouse is lit at night by internal led lights and in the daytime is illuminated by sunlight.
A mirrored floor reflects the roof and the sides of the greenhouse creating a feeling of infinite space.
The extraordinary structure has been displayed at various locations across the UK and the pair soon hope to sell the greenhouse for a whopping £46,800.
Tony said: “The stained glasshouse came about from an idea we had concerning divine plants. We wanted to grow and display them in the glasshouse.
“We therefore chose a light medium that symbolised divine light but because we wanted to refer to more ancient pagan rituals we then decided to reconfigure the original stained glass Christian iconography and create animal plant and insect spirit figures from the original images.”