SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH, HARLEM
Located directly below the church's steeple, the early 19th century statue of Saint Charles stood weathered and deteriorated due to many years of exposure to nature’s elements. Opus was commissioned to restore the aged statue back to its original state. Thus, bringing to life a vital symbol of the spiritual growth of the people in the parish and throughout the Harlem community.
The poor condition of the original concrete statue of Saint Charles at the beginning of the restoration project.
Using nondrying clay, Opus recreated St. Charles’s head by hand, while referencing various images of paintings and sculptures of the saint. Later, the completed head was cast out of a casting mortar from a silicone rubber mold.
Completely restored head of Saint Charles. Due to a tight budget, the body was lightly re-carved, patched and ‘cleaned up’.
Saint Charles statue at top of front facade of church.