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Conservation of Sol LeWitt Sculpture, Easy as 1,2,3

Christina L. Simms, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, and Emmett Lodge, NACE Certified Coatings Inspector, both of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, recently completed a conservation treatment of One, Two, Three, 1979, by sculptor Sol LeWitt in Syracuse, New York. One,…

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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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The Nittany Lion Shrine Gets a New Shine

The Nittany Lion Shrine, 1942 by Heinz Warneke, an earlier assessment image The Nittany Lion Shrine is located on the University Park campus of the prestigious Pennsylvania State University. The sculpture features a boldly contoured limestone mountain lion poised to…

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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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Firing up the Phantom Furnace Columns of Youngstown

Slowly, gently, night unfurls the splendor of the recently preserved Phantom Furnace Columns, 2002 by public artist Andrew Liecester. The artwork Phantom Furnace Columns serve as a metaphor for the blast furnaces that once stood in the mills of Youngstown,…

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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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