Each spring, the Association for Public Art’s (aPA) Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Program provides annual maintenance for over 30 public artworks throughout Philadelphia. Our team inspects the artworks, removes any surface grime and graffiti, washes the sculptures, and applies a special wax coating for artworks made of bronze. The sculptures are cleaned, protected, and stabilized to protect them from further corrosion.
Some of the artworks receiving special repairs this month include:
- General Ulysses S. Grant (1897) by Daniel Chester French & Edward C. Potter: Re-pointing masonry joints in the granite base and repairing lead seating material.
- Abraham Lincoln (1871) by Randolph Rogers: Cleaning, polishing, and applying a protective coating to the inscribed plaques that are eroded and illegible.
- Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial (1933-61) limestone sculptures (The Ploughman, The Slave, The Miner, and The Immigrant): Cleaning and applying a protective surface coating — a natural stone treatment used on Alexander Stirling Calder’s Sundial in 2011.
*See it in action! Our conservation technician will be working on Abraham Lincoln (Kelly and Sedgely Drives) on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00am. For conservation updates and photos, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.