Let There Be Light

About This Episode


Let There Be Light follows the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rowan began making stained glass windows at the age of 14 and designed his first window for Washington National Cathedral. And he has since spent almost 70 years studying, drawing and creating architectural stained glass and mosaics.

At the age of 81, Rowan was commissioned to produce what would be his last series of windows for the Cathedral. Rowan would design and paint this enormous window while Dieter would select and cut the glass and do the leading and installation. The documentary chronicles the fascinating creative process but also captures how age begins to take its toll on the long-time collaborators. Six years in the making, Let There Be Light is told with stunningly beautiful imagery as it documents Rowan's life-long passion, imagination and creativity in using glass and light.