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Artist joins restoration of ancient temple

May 19, 2008

By Karen Kotze
East and Bays Courier  (Auckland, New Zealand)
May16,  2008

Artist Eleanor Wright will soon be living her dream.
Her Buddhist mother instilled a deep spirituality within her and now
she’s taking her artistic ability to Himalaya’s temples.

Miss Wright is joining restorers Luigi Fieni and John Sanday as a
member of a crew retouching and restoring 700-year-old Nepalese wall paintings.

The Champa Ghompa Project has been restoring temples and wall art for
eight years.

"Most of the work involves cleaning and restoring the ancient art,
but we will be retouching some paintings with watercolours," says Miss Wright.

"My contribution is to retrace all the thin black lines."

The former Diocesan School for Girls and St Cuthbert's College
student feels honoured to be part of the restoration project.
"The Lo Manthang Gomphas are significant temples. But the people
won’t worship in temples where the gods look dead ­ hence the restorration.

"With it completed, the temples will become a pilgrimage destination
for Buddhists the world over.

Last September she joined Mr Fieni in Tibet, restoring Wayao's
Buddhist wall paintings.

Miss Wright's own artwork is funding her trip. She has arranged
exhibitions, showing 35 original works she hopes to sell to secure
her work and allow her to open a studio in India.
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