Summer 2009 — issue 323

Conservation Restoration or Leave it Alone


William H. Peck
Changing Attitudes in the Restoration of Antiquities

A visit to a museum collection of great works of art can be an awesome experience, and those who participate may be rightly impressed by the quality and age of the objects they see, but the question that should be asked is “are they really as perfect and complete as they seem to be?”  The answer, unfortunately, is often “no,” and the explanation lies with changes of taste in restoration.

Tuck Langland
Preservation, Restoration, or Re-Creation

…”In the case of the sculpture, first the restoration team will begin to assemble the pieces back into what they believe might have been the original.  But parts are missing. Do they try to determine what those missing parts were, and the recreate them and attach them?  Well, yes and no.”

Ellen B. Cutler
Preserving Our Heroes. The Monuments of Gettysburg National Military Park

The care and conservation of this massive sculpture garden is a Herculean task, and for this issue of Sculpture Review it seemed to be a perfect case study for the question, “Conservation, Preservation, or Leave It Alone?”

Kim Carpenter
Preservation Through Conservation

Rain, freezing snow, pollutants, and humidity:  these are some of sculpture’s worst enemies.