New art for church

Waipa Post - - News -

New art­work has graced the walls of Christ Church in O¯ haupo¯ .

The com­mis­sioned piece was cre­ated by Cam­bridge artist Narelle Hug­gins. It was un­veiled and blessed by Ven­er­a­ble Paul Weed­ing at a ser­vice last month.

The three-pan­elled piece, a trip­tych, hangs above the al­tar and re­places a cur­tain that has pro­vided a back­drop for many decades.

Narelle in­cor­po­rated el­e­ments of the church’s sur­round­ing land­scape — moun­tains, peat lakes and a na­tive tu¯ ı¯ — to ac­knowl­edge the O¯ haupo¯ set­ting.

Parish sec­re­tary Sh­eryll Davies said con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers were thrilled at the way she in­ter­preted their ideas. The art­work was also in­tended to be a cel­e­bra­tion of God’s cre­ation.

“The three pan­els of the trip­tych rep­re­sent the Trin­ity — Fa­ther, Son and Holy Spirit,” Sh­eryll says. “They have been shaped like win­dows to re­flect the ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture of the church built in 1925 and the art­work brings a lively con­tem­po­rary look to the tra­di­tional church.”

The ser­vice was also a chance to ac­knowl­edge lead lighters Steve Bro­dribb and Scott Co­ley, who re­stored the church’s lead­light win­dows.

Each glass pane was dis­man­tled, stripped, cleaned, re­leaded and put back into re­ju­ve­nated frames. The restora­tion was funded by a do­na­tion from the now de­funct O¯ haupo¯ Bowling Club.


CAM­BRIDGE artist Narelle Hug­gins with her work at Christ Church in O¯ haupo¯ .

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