Outdoor Sculpture & Modern Art

The care of collections of outdoor sculpture and modern art, in parks, gardens, and public settings, presents unique challenges. The uncontrolled environment subjects them to weathering deterioration from rain, storm damage, and exposure. Handling, wear, and abuse like graffiti can further deteriorate original finishes and surfaces.

Modern works of art often include painted finishes or unusual materials that do not demonstrate the long-term resilience of traditional sculpture materials such as bronze or stone. Testing and analysis are frequently required to develop new treatments for these works and engagement with the artist or estate is essential to ensure that any treatments are consistent with their goals and the law.

We have conserved works by 20th-century masters in museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Perez Museum of Art Miami, Crystal Bridges Museum, Neuberger Museum, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as well as outdoor collections at historic sites and public institutions including the Biltmore Estate, Cheekwood, Vizcaya, Columbia University, University of Southern California, The Library of Congress, and both Green-Wood and Arlington National Cemetery.

Our conservation team’s unparalleled ability to assess, document, and evaluate the condition of sculptural work, and to provide the appropriate treatments to both restore and protect pieces from future damage has led to our working with significant private, corporate, university, and civic clients throughout the nation.