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Windows of Heaven

  Windows of Heaven

The Windows of Heaven first appeared on campus in the fall of 1975 as a Centennial gift to the university from the senior class. Student body officers presented the 30-foot stained-glass and steel sculpture to administrators on Sept. 18, 1975, in conjunction with the "Tree of Wisdom" sculpture. The Windows of Heaven was designed and constructed by Francis Riggs and erected at the south end of the quad between the W.W. Clyde Engineering Building and the Widtsoe Building.

Riggs, a part-time faculty member in the BYU Art Department at the time, called his creation a gothic tower and said he got inspiration from music played on a pipe organ. "I purposely designed this with the average person in mind," Riggs told The Daily Universe in an Aug. 28, 1975 article. "I wanted something they could identify with." Installation of the sculpture, carried out by Paulsen Construction Company, cost $10,708 and was completed on June 16, 1975.

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