- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A newly restored, century-old black walnut altar imported from France is helping reshape St. Helena’s Catholic Church in Hobbs.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/NtVwdY) that Hobbs artist Lawrence Wilcox has been working for three months to restore the altar. It’s the focal point of the remodeled chapel to the left of the church entry.

The altar is a stunning attraction with its Romanesque architecture, featuring columns, exquisite details and a hint of high-peaked Gothicism.

Wilcox says he left some imperfections in the altar since the Rev. Ricardo Bauza wanted to show not a brand new altar, but one with history.

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