D.        The centre panel.

As per windows numbers 13 and 32 this would obviously be the central pictorial focus of the window. 

 

The original vision which we are maintaining is that each of the four windows should contain similar backgrounds and pictorial themes even though each window will be different.

 

This symbolises the similarity of vision of the four evangelists, and the variations of emphasis and theme within them.

 

Like the “St. Luke” window the central panel of your window depicts “St. Mark” at a lectern in the act of contemplating the writing of his scripture.  In the background behind him on the wall are hanging scrolls and parchments which inspire him.  On the shelves are his writing equipment – an oil lamp, bamboo pens and ink pots. On the floor at his feet are completed scrolls stored in baskets as was the practice of the time.

 

As with the “St Luke” window the view through the open window opens out on to a local landscape.  It is dawn (symbol of new day new hope) and the sun is rising behind one of the highly distinctive local volcanic cores.  A branch of golden wattle (Australia’s national flower), heavily laden with flowers, hangs outside the window.  On the window sill, where it has come for its “breakfast”, is a Kookaburra – your favourite bird.  

 

This is a nice coincidence because there is an aboriginal myth that one should never kill a Kookaburra, because they bring the dawn.  We logical Europeans say that because the dawn is arriving the Kookaburras start singing. In their much more mystical view of the world the Aboriginal myth says that the dawn is arriving because the Kookaburras are calling it to come, and that if one kills the Kookaburra the dawn cannot come and the world is plunged into darkness.  This is a very nice fusion of two cultures in the symbol of the Kookaburra where both cultures want to avoid the darkness and step into The Light.