Sunday, August 23, 2009

Renovation and Restoration Corner #6: Saints' Statuary

Our Church is adorned with a wealth of stunning artwork and statuary! We have well over 30 statues representing various saints and prophets throughout the Church's magnificent interior.

Yet, years of candle smoke and incense have muted the grandeur of the space and nearly 130 years of standing in one place can take a toll on anything! Just look at the pictures (below) to see the dirt and grime-covered statuary. Then look at the statues that have been cleaned. It's like a face-lift for the saints!

St. Augustine, dirt and grime-covered
from over a century of candle smoke & incense.

Ezekiel, the prophet, looking worse for the wear.

St. Alphonsus, founder of the Congregation
of the Most Holy Redeemer, newly redeemed himself!

A bright and shiny St. Bridget, the abbess

St. Michael the Archangel, cleaned for the next century

Photos by Patrick Brewis