Magnificent stained glass window rededicated

Magnificent stained glass window rededicated

The 4000-piece stained glass window in the Christchurch Arts Centre's Great Hall is being rededicated today.

The centrepiece window, originally installed in 1938, was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. The individual pieces have been removed and restored, before being reset and future-proofed against more earthquakes - which took two people a whole year.

Today's service rededicated the window to the staff and students who served in World War I and previously attended an institution based at the centre. This included Canterbury College, the School of Engineering, the School of Art, and Christchurch Boys' and Girls' High School.

The stained glass window (Hamish Clark)

Art Centre board chairwoman Jen Crawford was joined by New Zealand Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Tim Keating to celebrate the occasion.

Plaques surrounding the window were also unveiled with the names of those who fought engraved.

The window will be open to the public early next year.

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