TWO key features of a new church at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast took shape at a suburban home in Brisbane.
Catholic artists Ziggy and Lucy Pawlikowski created a life-size statue of St Catherine of Siena and an icon for the church at their home at The Gap.
Ziggy, 46, was the sculptor and his wife, Lucy, 44, the artist.
Both are active in Church life and leaders of a charismatic prayer group for the Polish community at Bowen Hills.
They said they considered the many hours spent on their special assignments as a labour of love.
This was the second piece that Maroochydore parish priest Fr Joe Duffy has asked Ziggy to produce.
The couple, who migrated from Poland 17 years ago, lament the lack of opportunity to make a living from this type of work.
The new church has been built in the grounds of Siena Primary School and College.
The church, which was used for the first time on September 19, is on 100 stilts, opens on four sides and is surrounded by verandahs.
It is part of a $1.5 million project that also included the Benin Casa Sky Chapel beside the church.