Sacred Heart Church in Red Deer asked me in Oct. 2021 to repair a Pieta statue that had been in storage for 30 years since there was a fire at the church in 1990. The near life size statue had been crated at the museum since then, except for a special exhibit when members of the church saw it and started a request to have it returned. Only in rare instances are church items and Indigenous articles repatriated from museums. In this instance, there were some issues that it was not technically signed over to the museum which made it easier. It was the only safe place to have it stored after the fire, so the church was able to have it returned. The statue had some broken areas, (a toe and 2 fingers) and some crumbling paint from age and water damage.

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