In addition to repairs being made where needed, as we head into fall, conservation staff are prepping artworks for the winter weather.
In the Chinatown neighborhood, work continues on fabrication and replacement of the historic glass lighting plates on George Tsutakawa’s Heaven, Man, Earth, and in Laurelhurst artist Susan Zoccola’s artwork Samara has undergone extensive reconstruction of the lighting and external materials.
Working together with the Collection Curator, a set of Sculptural Screens by artist Everett Dupen (you can see more of Depen’s Seattle sited works here) have been restored as they prepare for a new life in their new location on the plaza level of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue.
At the Jackson Park Golf Course Clubhouse, Max P. Nielson’s bronze statue of community activist Sherwood Gillespie will once again brandish his golf club as well as enjoy new reservoir components of the fountain. On Alki Beach, Little Liberty, modeled after the Statue of Liberty by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, received preventive maintenance to protect her against the harsh marine environment.
And on the preventative side, we are wrapping up artwork treatments and preparing the collection for winter by applying protective coatings, waxes and anti-graffiti products, in addition to replacing lamps and resetting timers for the diminishing daylight hours.
– Tiffany Hedrick, Public Art Conservation Tech
Image 1: George Tsutakawa’s Heaven, Man, Earth
Image 2: Max P. Nielson’s Sherwood Gillespie