In 2013, during an inspection of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, it was discovered that the Dove Window — which had lit up the sanctuary for 118 years — was falling apart. When the window was made, the revolutionary San Francisco artist Bruce Porter selected a sheet of beautiful blue glass. Yet, a fatal weakness in that glass has now left the window riddled with cracks. Rising to action, the church raised funds and hired Nzilani Glass Conservation, led by Ariana Makau, to try and save the crumbling window.
This struggle, captured on film by Ian Carr, reveals the challenges and hard choices faced by the artists, conservators, and congregants who became involved.