Though sculptures can be cast or fabricated in any number of metals and alloy variants, the main focus of this section is inevitably on COPPER and copper based ALLOYS, the principal art casting materials.
The question of maintainance and restoration and how far sculpture and fine design work should be subjected to these activities is open to wide debate - even passionate argument. What is certain is that the days of having a shot blast contractor hose down an important sculpture with an abrasive grit and then re-applying a vague approximation of the original patination, are (hopefully) well and truly over. More and more custodians of public and private sculptues and other important metalworks are becoming aware of the need to sensitively preserve our visual heratige intact for future generations.
The following articles touch upon some of the basic issues regarding the restoration of sculptures.
Restorations & repairs like this welded
fracture should be carried out with great care.
(ANPP © Crucible).
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