Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:30
Work is up in the air – literally – at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Painters are scurrying up and down and around the maze of scaffolding that has filled much of the interior of the mother church of the diocese.
Jed Ellis, supervisor for Evergreene Architectural Arts, arrived in Wichita a couple of weeks ago to paint sample areas from which the Cathedral Art and Environment Committee could choose. Now that plaster has been repaired and the paint scheme has been chosen, more artists are arriving to assist Ellis. About five artists will be working into the summer on the Cathedral interior.
Chris Baalmann, project manager for Simpson Construction Service, said the balcony, which is being expanded, is back in place at the back of the church. Finishing work progresses in that area.
“We’re working underneath, installing the confessionals and the wood framing that goes with it,” he said, adding that this week they should be pouring concrete for the baptismal font.