Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sculpture and Restoration

Sometimes architectural restoration literally rises out of the ashes. These Corinthian capitals were badly damaged in a fire. I don't know how they managed to remove them from the building in one piece. 

Parts would fall off them while I was just looking at them.
Here's a pilaster capital also fire and time damaged.
What the fire didn't ruin, was drowned by one hundred years of overpainting.
The dilemma is finding what and where is the original surface.

Following posts will show some of the restoration process


Mark D. Ruffner said...

This is certainly an intriguing project. It sounds as though the capitals are even too fragile to cast. I'll be interested to see the progress.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Mark, The first job is evaluating the damage and seeing what, if anything, can be saved and what is better just modeled anew... and how does one blend the two?