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Relining a Painting was the Conservator of a Preacherman

Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Murals, and Polychrome Surfaces at McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory always takes the least invasive path to the conservation of paintings, but sometimes more intervention is needed - like relining a painting. Before treatment of Tompkins…

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Conservators Wax Flowers in the Concrete

Federal Triangle Flowers, 1997 by artist Stephen Robin are living on the street in front of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. as flowers in the concrete. They were treated this past summer at the…

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Russian to Restore an Icon

An icon can be defined as "a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration". Jesus Christ is such an icon for the Christian religion. In the Fall of 2020, a project to restore an…

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Constant Outdoor Sculpture Conservation

Math and science have their own values or constants which express a relation or property that remains the same in all circumstances. It was this notion which inspired the outdoor artwork, Garden of Constants, 1994 by Barbara Grygutis. Any works…

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Portrait Restoration: Ready for a Close-up, Conservator Dedecek

Painted portrait restoration requires special skill and training, particularly if a painting is in unstable condition. Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Murals, and Polychrome surfaces at McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory has such experience, ranging from the treatment of large scale…

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Conservation of Rain in the Valley by Glenn Moore Shaw

Conservator of Paintings, Murals and Polychrome Surfaces, Stefan Dedecek of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, shares his thoughts on a recent conservation treatment. Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Polychrome Surfaces, and Murals of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory The painting Rain the…

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Bear Witness to Maintaining Outdoor Bronze

The McKay Lodge Conservation team travels far and wide maintaining outdoor bronze sculpture. The conservation treatments of outdoor bronze are sometimes at the lab facilities just outside of Cleveland but also range to the nation's capitol in Washington D.C. and…

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Conservation Treatment of a River of Rust

Outside of the United States Geological Survey Building in Menlo Park, California beats the sound of Watersongs, 1996 by Douglas Hollis. The dynamic large-scale artwork features granite walls, steel railings and fences, seating, and a fountain composed of natural boulders.…

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Lookin’ Good as Shell: Recoating “Large Escargot”

As part of an ongoing project for the Hartwood Acres Park sculpture restoration, McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory recently finished recoating a large outdoor sculpture, Large Escargot, 1982 by artist David Hayes. The sculpture is 17 feet high x 12 feet…

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