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Surreal Ceramic Conservation in the Southwest

As temperatures rise in the Arizona summer, McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory conservators traveled to perform some surreal ceramic conservation in the Southwest of the United States. The sculptures were previously assessed and treated by Jim Gwinner, Conservator of Public Art…

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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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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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Restoration of World War I Soldier in Columbus

Christina L. Simms, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, and Marcin Pikus, Conservator of Stone Sculpture and Architectural Features, both of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, recently completed the restoration of a World War I Soldier in Columbus, Ohio. The monument, Victorious…

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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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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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Big Easy Sculpture Restoration in New Orleans

The City of New Orleans has been called the "Big Easy" among other nicknames. Recently, Marcin Pikus, Conservator of Stone Sculpture and Architectural Features of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, performed sculpture restoration in New Orleans. The sculptures were big, but…

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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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Outdoor Bronze “Maine”tenance in Maine

The McKay Lodge Conservation team travels far and wide to preserve a wide variety of media, from electronic media and optical art to large scale murals to outdoor sculpture. Conservator of Public Art and Sculpture, Jim Gwinner, of McKay Lodge…

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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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