Exposure to harsh weather conditions and pollution are the biggest threats to the City’s outdoor collection. Maintenance and preventative work is taken to ensure artworks do not deteriorate prematurely or become a safety concern, but in some cases, conservation or restoration is required.
Examples of restoration work
Alex from CSMO – Conservation of Sculptures Monuments and Objects, and his assistant Brittany, spent a week onsite at River Run Centre at the end of July. With input from the artist, Peter Johnston, they cleaned the wall and treated areas that were stained, scratched or discoloured, and repaired and reattached areas that had come away from their backings. Panels were realigned and the piece’s structural integrity was assessed and confirmed.
After receiving a structural assessment by Tacoma Engineers it was found that the head and neck of the Garbasaurus were loose and needed to be re-welded in spots. Rosmar Welding helped steady the beloved sculpture using repurposed metal supports to keep with the overall aesthetic of the piece.
A Community Coming Together
The protective glass cover, which was installed after the mosaic’s vandalization in 2008, was removed and the mosaic cleaned by City staff. Barber Glass removed the three glass panels, cleaned them and replaced them just in time for the Enabling Garden’s Annual General Meeting in mid-June.
Antique carousel mural
The Riverside Park carousel mural was updated in 2017 by artist Greg Elliot, the mural’s original painter. In addition to regular wear and tear, one face on the mural had been a routine target for graffiti and the artist thought perhaps it was something about the woman’s face that rubbed people the wrong way. With this in mind, he opted to adjust her features slightly to see if it might help protect the mural against future threats of vandalism.
The Family Fountain
The Family Fountain and Sculpture, along with the fountain’s plaque and frog drinking spout were cleaned, re-patinated to achieve the originally intended finish, and hot waxed for additional protection. The work was done by Alexander Gabov and his assistant Anna from Conservation of Sculptures, Monuments and Objects (CSMO) out of Ganonoque.
McCrae Memorial Memorial
Key elements of the McCrae Memorial, along with a series of historic plaques, located at McCrae House, were restored to coincide with the McCrae commemoration celebrations. This work was completed by Craig Johnson Restorations out of Ottawa.
Extensive restoration to the War Memorial’s bronze elements took place along with repairs to the granite base. This work was completed by Craig Johnson Restorations out of Ottawa.
McCrae House Memorial
Substantial masonry repairs helped to reinforce and preserve the McCrae House Memorial. This work was completed by Burpee Stone Masonry out of Guelph.
Two of Guelph’s most recognized public art works were restored, the Family Fountain and the Blacksmith Fountain.
The Blacksmith Fountain
The Family Fountain
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