The restoration of the original 1908 painted canvas auditorium ceiling dome was a major part of the reconstruction of the Theatre. Years of cigarette smoke and grime, coupled with some weather damage due to the inaccessibility of the Theatre after the earthquakes, mould and singeing from light bulbs made for a challenging restoration.
The project was lead by Carolina Izzo, an internationally renowned, Wellington-based conservator who trained in Florence, Italy, with more than sixteen years’ experience working on earthquake-damaged objects.
Read more about the restoration in this article from the Christchurch Art Gallery’s Bulletin magazine.
Lowering the Dome – July 2012
Stuff Video on the restoration of the dome – August 2013
Regilding of the Dome, TV3 news, 4 June 2014