The John Robert Godley statue sustained damage in the February 2011 earthquake, breaking at many joints and suffering impact damage in many locations. The statue is listed as a Group 1 item in the Christchurch City Plan and registered with Heritage New Zealand Category 1, the highest possible heritage listing in New Zealand.
Cequent were involved in project managing this repair from the initial earthquake damage assessment, to reinstatement of the statue on its plinth. Due to the heritage status of the state, the project required robust documentation and cataloguing – including the recording of any material removed and returned to the statue, decisions made, metal composition testing results.
Specialist conservators, international experts and bronze sculptors were engaged to determine the best methodology for repair. The separated parts were reattached using a traditional method of assembly, using hidden bronze bolts and brackets, true to the original construction. No welding was undertaken on the statue. Areas of damage deemed too risky to repair, due to the possibility of additional loss or damage of heritage fabric, have remained as-is.