Kites, 1991

Jack Archibald
(American, born 1950)

Location: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee


Artist Jack Archibald created the stained-glass window Kites by arranging glass shards into an abstracted composition. It is part of a body of work that combines geometric and organic shapes to explore symbols. When viewing this piece, Archibald asks you to “think of the universe as if viewed through a microscope.” He notes, "just as light metamorphoses through the day, the windows too have a kinetic energy"

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Wenatchee School District.


Glass artist Jack Archibald uses light to animate the colors and abstract shapes in his stained glass artworks. In his own words, "As a stained glass artist, I work with light. Glass is uniquely interactive with light, its transitions, its intensities, its colors. Throughout the day, a window constantly undergoes transformation. The changing light animates the glass."

Archibald earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (1972) from the University of Wisconsin. In 1981, he established the private studio called "Revisionary Glassworks" on Camano Island, on North Puget Sound, Western Washington.

Dimensions33 in x 22 in
ID NumberWSAC1996.165.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWenatchee School District
Artwork LocationWenatchee High School
Outside of Athletic Office on wall
WA CountyChelan
Site TypePublic School
Address1101 Millerdale Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Geo. Coordinates47.410590, -120.326654
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