Restoration & Maintenance

Mary McMenamin created the original
mural Santa Fe Springs Oranges in 1999.

Many public agencies struggle with art maintenance. A new bronze or stainless steel work can lose its luster. A mural might fade. Since all outdoor sculptures are subject to the elements, a maintenance plan is vital to keep the art in good condition. I have the knowledge and resources to help ensure your art work stays pristine.

The mural before restoration in 2007

Sometimes art cannot be maintained. In one example, a stunning mural painted on a vintage boxcar began to both fade and peel. Commissioned in 1995 the artwork entitled Santa Fe Springs Oranges was painted in the genre of a vintage orange crate label. Over the years the artist performed several repairs on the damage caused by sun and moisture. By 2001 the mural was peeling in so many places that a total repainting was required. Unfortunately, the artist had left the area and was unable to conduct a major restoration. Meanwhile, the mural which had become a local favorite was turning into an eye sore. Anxious to do the right thing, the staff contacted me to find someone who could repaint the mural like the original. The results shown here reflect the work of a talented restoration artist, an art conservator, as well as a roofing professional who directed water away from the painting.

Restoration by Tony Trasport in 2008

Many city governments ensure the maintenance of a sculpture by creating a Covenant Codes and Restrictions (CC&R). The document is attached to the property's other legal paper work and spell out the maintenance requirements that future property owners must follow to preserve the art in its original condition. In this situation the City owned the mural and was responsible for the cost of the renovation.

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