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The Mayor gives to the church of San José a new carving of Our Lady of the Aurora, as well as the restored sculptures of the patron saint of the neighborhood and of Christ Crucified (15/03/2019)

The City Council, through the workshops of Carpentry and Restoration of the Department of Local Development, has been responsible for this work, which has also contemplated the improvement of the throne of the Saint that gives its name to this popular district of Lorca.

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, along with the council of Local Development, Sandra Martinez, has reported that the City has completed a new battery of restoration actions and increase the artistic heritage of the church of San José, which includes a new image of Our Lady of the Dawn, the restoration of the processional throne of Saint Joseph, the carving of the Saint and that of Jesus Christ Crucified.

It is a task that has been possible thanks to the coordinated work of the Restoration and Carpentry workshops.

Six students participated in this process under the direction of the sculptor and restorer Antonio García Rico.

The approximate investment of the execution of the sculpture, the restorations of the throne and the other sculptures amount to a total of 17,800 euros and its main objective has been to contribute to the ennoblement of this church.

The Mayor has reported that, in the first case, is delivered to the parish for worship and custody of an image of Our Lady of Dawn, Marian dedication that has a great tradition in our city and whose background is the image of this attribute made by the sculptor Francisco Salzillo, now disappeared.

The sculpture is an image made as a training practice of the "Specialization course in the field of restoration of wooden elements."

It is a life-size and round bulge that shows the Virgin seated on clouds with the Baby Jesus in her lap.

It has been carved in coniferous wood, with polychromies in oils and stews on gold.

As a complement it has been endowed with a standard embroidered in silk and gold, made inside the same workshop.

It should be noted that it has been the Archconfraternity of the Rosary, through its Big Brother, Rafael Artero del Álamo, who has promoted the creation of this carving and has donated the crowns and rosaries that bear the aforementioned image and that of El Niño.

The design, size and polychrome of the Image of Our Lady of the Aurora is part of the general objectives of the Training Program.

On the one hand, aimed at carrying out work practices to deepen the technical knowledge and skills to project, plan, execute and restore ornamental elements in different types of wood.

On the other, this sculptural project seeks to enrich the heritage of Lorca, replacing the image of this ancient Lorca Marian advocation.

Fulgencio Gil explained that the processional restoration of San José has also been proceeded, a structure carried out in advance by the master carpenter Manuel Mateo Manzanera, and that due to the vicissitudes suffered by the temple has required a general treatment of readjustment and new lacquered surfaces.

It has also culminated in the restoration of two own images of this church, such as the figure of Saint Joseph in life size, which processions in the festivities of this popular neighborhood of Lorca, and the crucified Christ of 2/3 life size, which He takes his place in the presbytery of the temple.

Both sculptures had small breaks, lost volumes and polychromes, requiring restoration work on hands and other exposed elements, so it has proceeded to its cleaning, consolidation of damaged elements, replacement volumes, polychrome and gold with gold leaf.

It should be remembered that the church of San José was able to reopen the cult in 2016 after an investment of 700,000 euros by the Regional Government that made possible its restoration.

It is a temple dated between the XV-XVI centuries, in which an access to the primitive atrium of the church was discovered, as well as paintings, woods, and unknown archaeological levels.

In the same way the vault of the central nave was replaced and the oldest elements of the parish were recovered.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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