New art for church
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¯ .