The cardboard tubes are stunning! Even the large cross behind the altar is made of them. It's light and airy--a lovely worship space.
I wasn't very surprised to learn that due to lots of controversy (some think the old cathedral should be salvaged; others think it should be rebuilt from the ground up) the old cathedral stands with gaping holes in the center of the city. It's so sad when people in churches can't agree or work together. Maybe this needs some cooling-off time.
You can find more on the cardboard cathedral by going to Www.cardboardcathedral.org.nz