Conservation Solutions, Inc: Art + Architecture + Artifacts

Bronze Sculpture Conservation - University of Virginia

Site
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Client
University of Virginia

Conservation Solutions, Inc. (CSI) was contracted to perform the condition assessment and subsequent treatment of all bronze sculptures on the campus of the University of Virginia. Work occured during several campaigns. Losses in the bronze were replaced, breaks in assemblies were repaired and dutchman and patching repairs were performed on the stone bases. The works were washed and custom formulated National Park Service wax was applied to heated surfaces with an additional harder paste wax to provide a level of protection against the environment. Lead caulking was applied to Jefferson and the excess lead was removed. Micro-air abrasion, undertaken at the lowest effective setting, removed the black soiling from Washington’s base.