Bronze is a reactive material and can often surprise you with the strange things it does, but there is always a cause. We can help you determine why deterioration has happened and gauge how serious the situation is. We record our findings in a condition assessment which is there for you and others involved in the project to digest at your leisure.
Condition assessments will involve photography and sometimes corrosion analysis depending on the circumstances and the presentation of the surface.
Some bronze sculptures are loaned out for periods of time and these often come with a requirement to have regular condition assessments. This gives peace of mind to the owner that the bronzes are in good hands during their loan.
The aim with our condition assessments is to give clients sound advice in an easy to understand way so they can make the best decisions for the bronzes in their care. They are often the first part of a condition report which is a more extensive document provided after conservation work is undertaken.
Below are examples of the kinds of problems custodians notice on their bronzes and request our advice in the form of a condition assessment.
Water leaching from inside a casting
White deposit forming across a bronze surface
An original patina disfigured after a spillage
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We often write treatment reports and specifications for those professionals running larger building and landscaping projects who need some trusted expert input. We’ve worked in this way with architects, surveyors, project managers, building managers, conservation managers and as an expert witness.
Condition Reports aren’t only relevant for historic features and statues. It can be incredibly valuable to have conservation advice on a new build projects or contemporary sculpture. Often bronze finishes degrade in ways that foundries, fabricators and architects would never have predicted, but because we are out there on the front line conserving and restoring bronze every day, we have first hand experience of bronze changes over time and what you can expect in different environments.
The result is an unexpected restoration bill for their clients. Our treatment reports can prevent that ever being the case.
Councils, private owners and custodians of sculpture often need condition assessments carrying out for multiple objects, or entire collections, so that they can plan and budget for essential works. We have may years of experience dealing with large collections and can be both a source of advice and support when decisions need to be made about where to spend resources.
Collections need to be dealt with differently than individual items but knowing which items warrant priority attention is something that we can aid you with. Our condition assessments will tell you useful details like whether corrosion is stable or active, and whether the rate of change is somethign to be concerned about or not.
Public sculpture, in particular, can be either a tourist magnet or a hub for anti-social behaviour and the difference is usually down to the condition of the feature. We can help to ensure the popularity of your largescale sculpture by identifying the best steps forward in our condition reports which will promote improvement in condition annually rather than slow decline.
Collections aren’t always sculpture, they are sometimes commemorative plaques, architectural or other types of more unusual historic features. If it’s bronze, then we can help you! Anything that is in multiples can be described as a collection and their condition may need assessing against others within the group.
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