Thomas Merton was a brilliant monk who lived at Gethsemane monastery in central Kentucky. He was the author of several books and perhaps the first Catholic theologian to befriend and converse with leaders of other world religions seeking a common understanding and kinship. Despite his cosmopolitan outlook and travels, he was also a hermit who lived a solitary life in a remote part of the monastery and loved a glass of whiskey and a good joke.
This interior window surrounds the entrance to a small meditation room in a narrow dormitory hallway, adjacent to a small sitting area. I chose a native Kentucky tree, the sugar maple, to convey Merton's down-to-earth nature and his love of the world and its Creator. The bright palette invigorates the space for those passing by or wishing to hang out for awhile.