A generous gift of gold from EverGreene Architectural Arts of New York is making a noticeable difference in the look of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral. Work started on Oct. 24 to begin gilding the cross that sits high atop the cathedral with a thin layer of gold leafing.
“Through the very generous gift of Evergreene Architectural Arts, the cross on top of the dome of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral will be gilded in gold,” said Father David Boettner, a vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville and Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. “Originally, we had not planned to gild the cross because we did not think we could afford it. We are very grateful for the free gift from Evergreene, which has made this possible.”
Anne Domenech, an artist with EverGreene, arrived in Knoxville on Oct. 24 and spent part of the afternoon securely harnessed into a steel work basket and was lifted by a crane to the top of the cathedral dome where the cross is located. After an initial inspection on Oct. 24, a layer of “sizing” compound was applied to the cross on Oct. 25. The next step will be the application of the gifted gold leafing.