Tuesday 30 June 2015


The Great Hall in the National Gallery of Victoria was opened on August 20, 1968. Its magnificent ceiling is the world's largest stained-glass ceiling, designed by Australian artist Leonard French. The ceiling is high (13.72 metres), vast (60.9 x 15.24 metres) and so heavy with glass and steel that its downward projecting triangles need to be held up by a series of slim steel columns. Each of the main intersecting triangles has been turned into thousands of geometric pieces of coloured and clear glass that have been cut so their facets bounce and refract coloured light. The 224 triangles of diamond-cut primary colours weigh 300 kilograms each.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. This is one of my favourite spaces anywhere. Not the walls so much but the ceiling which is, as you say, heavy with glass and steel. I wanted my children to have their wedding receptions in that space.

  2. The ceiling there is stunning - great place, great photos!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/falling-water.html

  3. What a beautiful place to hang out. Everyone looks so relaxed! Great reds for Ruby Tuesday Too!

  4. I remember when this hall first opened Nick.

  5. Wow! That ceiling is amazing.

  6. I wished I lived it Melbourne! You're so lucky!


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