Public art conservation and restoration

The City is committed to preserving and protecting its collection of indoor and outdoor public art for future generations.

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

2015: 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

McCrae House Memorial, Bronze Book: before

McCrae House Memorial, Bronze Book: after

McCrae House Plaque: before

McCrae House Plaque: after

2013: Extensive restoration to the War Memorial’s bronze elements took place along with repairs to the granite base.

2013: Substantial masonry repairs helped to reinforce and preserve the McCrae House Memorial.

Masonry work underway on McCrae House Memorial

2012: Two of Guelph’s most recognized public art works were restored, the Family Fountain and the Blacksmith Fountain.

Blacksmith Fountain: before (left), after (right)

Family Fountain: before (left), after (right)

Related pages

For more information