People's Steeple for Christ Church Cathedral plan demonstrated with large model
A United States master carpenter with a grand plan to restore the collapsed Christ Church Cathedral spire has built an eight-metre tall model to demonstrate his idea.
Marcus Brandt wants to rebuild the spire in timber and then hoist it into place using ropes, pullies and 500 volunteers.
He demonstrated a large scale model of the scheme in the car park of the Tannery mall in Woolston on Monday.
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Brandt said it took about five people to hoist the model spire into place. The 8.4m structure is much larger than a desktop version he had previously created.
"Sometimes you have to go big or go home, so we went big," he said.
"This model will allow people to do it themselves and see that we can together take the future of the city and the cathedral in our own hands."
He said they would take the large model to various places in Christchurch to demonstrate the idea.
"This has the potential to turn the cathedral from something that has been dividing the city into something that will bring the city together."
"It would be one of the most joyous things that has ever happened in Christchurch."
Brandt has designed a timber-frame tower that could be installed on the remains of the spire base. The rest of the timber structure would then be hoisted by hand to raise the spire like an extending telescope.
Brandt has been campaigning to bring the idea to life since 2011.
The Anglican Synod, a 225-member governing body for Canterbury Anglicans including elected lay members and priests, will vote in September on whether to reinstate the cathedral or demolish it and build a contemporary replacement.