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Futuna Chapel Exhibition


Thu 28 Mar 2013, 11:00am–3:00pm
Fri 29 Mar 2013, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sat 30 Mar 2013, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sun 31 Mar 2013, 11:00am–3:00pm
Mon 1 Apr 2013, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Friend Street, Karori, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: nicholas bevin

Given the interest generated by the return of the Futuna Christ figure after 12 years in the wilderness of North Taranaki the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust has arranged for the Chapel to be open to the public each day from Monday 18th March through to Easter Monday 1 April.

The Chapel will be open between the hours of 11:00 to 3:00pm each day.

The Trust is being assisted in this endeavour by a group of volunteers, all residents of Futuna Close.

Entry is by koha.

The story of the Futuna Christ Figure:

In late August 2012 the missing Christ figure, hand carved from laminated mahogany by Jim Allen in an old stables in Auckland, was located by NZ Police in an unoccupied farm building in Ahititi, North Taranaki. It had been away for 12 years and was located after following up on an anonymous tip from a member of the public. It had been taken from the Chapel some time in 2000 after the sale of the complex by the Society of Mary to a property developer.

The figure was returned to Futuna in a moving ceremony on 6th September 2012 and then was taken into care by Te Papa. There the figure was quarantined and its condition assessed. Carolina Izzo, an Italian trained art conservator, undertook the restoration of the figure which included a thorough cleaning and repairs to damaged fingers. The original crown of thorns and nails were not recovered and a colleague of Jim Allen’s, Greer Twiss, was commissioned to make replicas.

The restored Christ figure will be returned to the empty cross in Futuna Chapel and unveiled at the Futuna Open Day on Sunday March 17th 2013 by the figure’s original sculptor Jim Allen.

The Trust wishes to thanks Mark and Wendy McGuinness and FL Bone for their generous financial support of the restoration of the figure.

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