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Justice for Wall: Treatment of Wood County Courthouse Murals

Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Murals, and Polychrome Surfaces, recently completed a conservation treatment of a painted wall mural at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ohio. The mural before treatment, the surface appears dark and discolored. The painted…

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Church Mosaic Conservation in Pittsburgh at Shadyside

The Shadyside Presbyterian Church in the City of Pittsburgh holds a striking mosaic of the Transfigured Christ. The mosaic was installed in 1938 by Rudolf Sheffler, but by 2020 it was in need of a church mosaic conservation treatment. Conservator…

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Mosaic Conservation is Two Worlds Apart

Mosaic conservation treatment of Two Worlds Apart, 1992 by artist Ned Smyth was recently performed in Savannah, Georgia by Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Murals, and Polychrome Surfaces, and Emmett Lodge, of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory. Two Worlds Apart (Culture),…

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Safe and Sound: Restoration of Historic Safe Door

Safe and sound is how one can describe an object after conservation treatment such as the recent restoration of a historic safe door by Stefan Dedecek, Conservator of Paintings, Murals, and Polychrome Surfaces, of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory located just…

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Graffiti Removal from a Marble Artwork

While public artworks grace our local communities, parks, and public spaces not all give them the respect they deserves. They can sometimes become a casualty of vandalism: spray-painted, broken, burned, or even completely destroyed. Marcin Pikus, Conservator of Stone Sculpture…

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Conservation Assessment of Painted Sculpture in Puerto Rico

The building blocks of any successful conservation treatment is to first perform a condition assessment. Jim Gwinner, Conservator of Public Art and Sculpture, of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory recently traveled perform a conservation assessment of painted sculpture in Puerto Rico.…

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Fly Like An Eagle to Storage: Removal of Artwork in PA

Eagle Template by Vicki Scuri has graced an entrance of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania since 1998. Now that a new building has been constructed for Federal offices, the sculpture required removal. Christina L. Simms,…

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Conservation of Ceramic Suarez in Puerto Rico

In San Juan, Puerto Rico there is a forty-five foot totem pole pointing towards the blue Caribbean sky. The totem pole, Totemic Sculpture, 1993 by Jaime Suarez is a concrete pole roughly thirty inches in diameter that is clad with…

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To Infinity and Neon: Assessment of Two Neon Artworks

Often the first step of an art conservation treatment is to perform a condition assessment. Jim Gwinner, Conservator of Public Art and Sculpture, recently performed an examination of neon artworks by artist Keith Sonnier in the D.C metropolitan area. Cenozoic…

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