Marc Cowan

Blind Light

Commissioned to respond to the work of 16th Century poet John Milton, at Milton’s Cottage in Buckinghamshire.

Milton wrote Paradise Lost whilst at the cottage after he had become completely blind, but it became his most celebrated works.

If losing ones sight prevents our ability to see the physical, it may perhaps increase a more perceptive reflection to our surroundings, removed from visual distraction.

Taking his study window as a representation of his view of the world, a variety of coloured, textured glass panes were installed that restrict the view, but create a warmer, more emotive atmosphere.

Regarding blindness as a sign of artistic power and spiritual favour Milton stated:

‘I may see and tell of things invisible to mortal sight’
Book 3, Paradise Lost