As a major fan of public art, I find that the selection and curation of artwork within our natural spaces supplies an important and necessary feature for any community. The perspective of artwork as something that interacts with its environment engages viewers in a new light; outside of museum walls in a space more familiar. As with any artwork however, comes maintenance and condition upkeep. Unfortunately, public art faces numerous challenges to retain its original vibrancy. In the hopes of restoring and sustaining key public icons, conservators teamed up with an unlikely partner to innovate the industry; the United States Army.
This paint has been created with the likes of artists Tony Smith, Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder in mind. Public art icons who use matte paint in many of their sculptures. However, this super team of art scientists has added many more artists to their roster including Claes Oldenburg and Ronald Bladen. The success of their paint research offers the hope of even making their final product available for commercial use.
Read more about the Getty Conservation Institute and this project.
Title image: Conservator Abigail Mack works on Louise Nevelson's sculpture City on High Mountain (1993).