Kaltwasser Shines on Campus Once Again

October 2, 2018


PLAINVIEW – After being dark for nearly a decade, the Kaltwasser Flame at Wayland Baptist University came to life Monday amidst a hail fireworks lighting the night sky.

Still believed to be among the largest faceted, back-lit, stained glass sculptures in the world, the Kaltwasser Flame was originally lit in 1996. Time and the effects of West Texas wind and storms took its toll on the flame. As the outdated lighting system began to fail, the flame was extinguished.

Two years ago, the original artist, Chuck Berg out of Lubbock, began the process of rebuilding the flame. New LED technology gives off a more vibrant light and the systems controlling the flame are now much easier to maintain.

Students gathered in the Moody Marsh, the area between the library and Moody Science Building, for a brief ceremony. Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president for enrollment management addressed the student body and others in attendance, commenting on the importance of the flame and what it means to the university.

Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall then introduced Berg, who was in attendance, as well as members of the Kaltwasser family who came out to celebrate the relighting. The flame was made possible by a gift from the late Gladys and Walter Kaltwasser. The sculpture is 3 ½ stories tall and has decorated the library since its opening.

Students were treated to coffee from Broadway Brew, sausage wraps, and s’mores pits following the fireworks display.