Event for Members: Coffee with a Conservator

June 8, 2024 11 am - 12 pm rain or shine
Cret Park (16th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

Whether you’re an art enthusiast, artist, or simply curious about conservation, this program will be a fun and enlightening experience for all! 


Space is limited for this members-only event. Not a member? Join or renew today.

Join us for this special members-only program, where you will have the opportunity to engage directly with Zach Tatti, a seasoned expert in the field of sculpture conservation. In this intimate and insightful conversation, we will delve into the complex world of conserving and maintaining works of outdoor sculpture in a variety of mediums. Zach Tatti will share his extensive  knowledge, experience, and behind-the-scenes insights on everything involved in preserving our most beloved works of public art.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the techniques, materials, and challenges involved in the conservation of outdoor sculpture across a variety of mediums.
  • Explore in detail the conservation of two of the most notable works of public art on the Parkway: Henry Moore’s Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points and Barbara Hepworth’s Rock Form (Porthcurno)
  • Ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue, gaining invaluable insights into his experiences and perspectives.
  • Learn about aPA’s historic collection and involvement in public art in Philadelphia.

Coffee and water will be served, and the nearby Capriccio Café and Bar offers additional snacks and refreshments.



An Award-Winning Conservation Program

Launched in 1982, the Association for Public Art’s conservation program is one of the longest continuously operating programs of its kind in the country, and has received national recognition for its success in helping to protect the city’s public art treasures. Most recently, The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia awarded the aPA with its 2023 Board of Directors Award for exceptional stewardship of historic properties.

What began as a two-year pilot project has grown into a robust annual maintenance program that provides treatment for more than 30 public artworks in all media across Philadelphia each spring and takes on special projects as needed. Our maintenance procedure for works in bronze has its origins in the Renaissance and involves a general condition inspection of the sculpture, the removal of surface grime and graffiti, washing, and the application of a special wax coating for the sculptures. The artworks are cleaned, protected, and stabilized to protect them from further deterioration. Works in other materials are treated according to their needs.

PHOTO: Henry Moore’s Three Way Piece Number 1: Points near Cappriccio Cafe. Photo by Karly Caufield for aPA.