Artists use all imaginable materials and techniques in the production of their work. Gathering information on these materials, their significance within the artwork, and how artists view the issues of degradation, transience and interactivity, is essential for developing the best preservation and restoration strategies for these increasingly complex works of art.
Sculpture conservation almost always faces remediating environmental effects, such as exposure to weather and pollution, on both traditional and modern materials. While conservators have a wide choice of conservation treatment options for stabilizing and restoring outdoor sculpture, protection and prevention of future damage remains the main challenge. Ongoing maintenance is usually necessary when it comes to the conservation of outdoor monuments, statuary and sculpture.
Historic wall coverings are especially fragile and may require recreation during a restoration project. Underlying reasons for degradation are often investigated and materials tested and analyzed to determine original patterns, colors and current conditions. Our designers then apply the same methodology and thoughtfulness to the historic recreation, which involves mechanical, digital and hand-applied techniques.