Ever wonder what to do with family when they travel a good distance to see you. Weekend Now gave me some new insights into what to see plus main DC attractions from "Rough Guide to Washington, DC".
The Bishop's garden at the Washington National Cathedral was a visual and olfactory delight on Sunday. The cornerstone of the Cathedral was laid in 1907, and the final finial was set in place in 1990. Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the United States. The stained glass “Scientists and Technicians Window” commemorates America’s exploration of space and man’s first steps on the moon. In the upper center of the window is a 7.18-gram basalt lunar rock from the Sea of Tranquility.
The artist, Rodney Winfield of St. Louis, created the design to symbolize the macrocosm and microcosm of space. Radiations of light emminate from numerous solar spheres. Shining through deep colors are white dots symbolizing stars. The thin white trajectory encircling a sphere depicts a manned space ship. Winfield wanted to show the minuteness of humanity in God’s universe. Inspiration for the window’s design and color palette came from photographs taken during the Apollo 11 mission.
It's a truly spectacular stained glass window in the darker interior of the Cathedral with rays from the bright afternoon sunshine creating a dazzling display of color light.