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  1. Thank you, Aidan, for sharing this beautiful project. I can imagine how difficult it was to make this function well and also look just right. It’s quite an accomplishment. I particularly love the perfectly Victorian-English style of the ironwork. I remember iron just like that from so many British churches I’ve visited, and also a few Anglo-Catholic ones here in the USA. It’s quite culturally distinctive, and marries beautifully with your iconography. Your work has convinced me that iron can be a very good material for an iconostasis. I would consider it even in a church where the screen doesn’t need to fold.

  2. Skip

    That is exceptional work, beautiful and ingenious all at once. It’s a wonderful testament too that the Anglicans like it enough to allow it to remain in place for visitors to see, despite it being technically stowable.

  3. Virginie Desjardins

    What is the weight of the icon screen?

  4. Gail Gray

    I feel so fortunate to have seen some of the icons at your course at Walcot last September – the whole work is uplifting and beautiful – and I particularly like that the Anglican community are appreciating this as well.

  5. Thank you all for your encouraging comments. One of the secrets is to find an expert blacksmith who can execute the designs! Another challenge is to balance the technical requirements with the aesthetic – not to have the metal thicker and heavier than necessary. Also, to have any decoration serve the icons and not distract from them. I think an iconostasis should be like a royal throne: worthy of the king or queen, but not so fancy that you notice the throne before the royal sitting on it!
    Each half of the screen weighs approximately 135 kg (300 lbs), including the icons. Because of the design, it is quite easy to open and close – an elderly person can do it. The only time a tug is required is the initial movement to get it started, because the castor wheels are pointing the wrong way from the previous move.

  6. Archpriest Lawrence

    Truly awesome. While stationed in the UK as a U.S. Air Force chaplain at RAF Mildenhall -just a few miles away – I often visited St. Clement’s.
    At the military chapel I had a modular wooden iconostasis built in nine lightweight parts that a chaplain assistant could put up or take down in less than five minutes. Necessity can still be beautiful. I thought our solution was well constructed and beautiful, but the icon screen at St Clement’s is even more beautiful.

    1. Hello Fr Lawrence. Your blessing. If you have a photo of the Mildenhall screen it would be great to see it. I am always on the lookout for solutions to liturgical challenges!

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