SCULPTURE CLEANING, SCULPTURE CONSERVATION & RESTORATION
Our Approach To Sculpture Restoration
If you are requiring sculpture restoration, you may be responsible for a monument, war memorial, contemporary sculpture or public art work. We offer a wide range of services from basic sculpture cleaning to full sculpture restoration services including structural repairs.
The first stage of our work involves research. We need to establish the sculpture’s original finish so that we can compare it with its current condition. Understanding the statue’s context helps us decide what weight to give to the changes that have taken place.
This part of the process of sculpture restoration often involves looking at unpublished documents, meeting with artists, if possible, and coming up with as accurate picture of the sculpture and its history as possible.
The next stage of sculpture restoration can involve the analysis of corrosion products. This is not always necessary, but it can enable us to pinpoint a source of contamination if the degredation pattern is unusual.
Once on site, sculpture cleaning is invaluable. This part of the work ensures that we can examine the sculpture accurately and draw up a precise methodology going forward.
The details of the practical work to follow will be particular to the issues the sculpture might have, but we involve the client in every step so that they are clear on why the work is necessary and how we mean to carry it out.
We specialise in carrying out even the most difficult repairs and treatments in situ. This benefits the client by minimising costs and risks incurred in lifting, transporting, handling and storing large objects of high-value.
We are always happy to give advice on sculpture restoration and you can contact us to discuss concerns or to help with decision making.
Restoration of Public Sculpture
Public sculpture brings public spaces alive. It is a people magnet and the kind of art that can be enjoyed with a cappuccino in hand.
Our knowledge spans traditional to contemporary sculpture and we can predict the types of difficulties public sculpture is likely to have because we’ve been working with it for well over half a century.
We can undertake sculpture restoration on bronze, lead and iron or more contemporary materials such as fibreglass, painted surfaces and plastics.
Contemporary materials have very different conservation problems than those of traditional sculpture and bronze monuments.
Often artists and those that fabricate their art, while expert at their execution, are less familiar with how the materials will age. Whereas, this is where we excel.
If a particular material is degrading rapidly, we will investigate the root cause and consider whether the original material used has been a suitable choice or whether external factors have unduly affected its stability.
In some instances, we may have products tailor-made to suit the object’s precise needs. In other circumstances, we have to think laterally and look outside of routine materials and solutions.
If you need a survey, analysis or condition report then we will be able to assist and advice is free if you’d like to pick up the phone.
We encourage clients to draw up a preventive conservation plan with our help in order to minimising the impact of the public, the environment and the setting on the object.
If you’d like to read more about a public sculpture restoration project, take a look at our post about The Aldersgate Flame
If you’d like to know more about the difficult life that public sculptures have, do read our article on sculpture restoration in public spaces