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REPAIRING KONZAL’S GATEWAY

REPAIRING KONZAL’S GATEWAY

Joseph Konzal's Cor-ten sculpture GATEWAY was commissioned under the Art-in-Architecture Program of the General Service Administration in 1977.   Cor-ten steel, sometimes referred to as weathering steel, is expected to develop a protective layer of corrosion upon exposure to the elements.…

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PAINTING A ROSATI SCULPTURE

PAINTING A ROSATI SCULPTURE

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE CONSERVATION at THE OHIO CONSERVATION CENTER: Outdoor sculpture conservation is one of our most active specialties. In 2014 we removed to our facility a monumental outdoor sculpture by…

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BATCOLUMN

BATCOLUMN

  August 15, 2016: Emmett Lodge (left) and Marcin Pikus (right) began painting the Batcolumn at the 100 foot level.   McKay Lodge conservators completed a GSA contract project during the fall of 2016 in the windy city of Chicago. Scaffolding went up in August in…

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CAST-IRON FOUNTAINS WITH ZINC SCULPTURES

CAST-IRON FOUNTAINS WITH ZINC SCULPTURES

Sculpture Conservator Tom Podnar is mentioned in Carol Grissom’s talk “Toward Better Treatment of Cast-Iron Fountains with Zinc Statues”.  Tom is skilled at the traditional and difficult technique of lead-tin soldering which is the most durable repair of zinc.   Carol A. Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution spoke at the Fountain Fundamentals Conference, July 2013 in…

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SOLID CARBON DIOXIDE CLEANING SYMPOSIUM

SOLID CARBON DIOXIDE CLEANING SYMPOSIUM

Conservator Jim Gwinner was a presenter and demonstrated CO2 cleaning equipment at the September 2015 symposium: Ice Cold: Solid Carbon Dioxide Cleaning Symposium at the Lunder Conservation Center and the Hirshhorn Museum of Art. This full day program was an opportunity for conservators and collection care specialists to explore the…

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CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART CO2 CLEANINGS

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART CO2 CLEANINGS

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE CONSERVATION: During the summer of 2014, McKay Lodge Art Conservation Laboratory was contracted to work with the conservators at the Cleveland Museum of Art to remove a failed protective coatings and reapply new ones to three sculptures, including Rodin’s iconic sculpture The Thinker. Similar work was performed on all outdoor sculptures and cleaning by use of solid carbon dioxide (CO2) was a successful…

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