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Let There be Light by Abraham Rattner

Photo credit: Alan Brunettin
The stained glass façade of the Chicago Loop Synagogue, seen from the interior. Photo credit: Alan Brunettin

It seems fitting that artist Abraham Rattner served in the U.S. Army as a camouflage artist. Inside the Chicago Loop Synagogue, you realize the brilliance of his stained-glass façade, which seems unassuming from the street, yet comes to life almost electrically from the interior perspective. The patterned glass bathes the sanctuary in a shower of color, artistically consecrating the space as a place apart from the grey concrete scene on the other side of the glass.