Conservation

The conservation of sculptures that have been weathering outdoors for 30 years required expertise and precision. Following careful inspection of each sculpture, detailed recommendations were made for bringing these significant works to their original grandeur. In all, it was determined that 11 sculptures would be conserved; six pieces would be transported to McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio and five would remain on site where the renewal work took place.

Conservation

The conservation of sculptures that have been weathering outdoors for 30 years required expertise and precision. Following careful inspection of each sculpture, detailed recommendations were made for bringing these significant works to their original grandeur. In all, it was determined that 11 sculptures would be conserved; six pieces would be transported to McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio and five would remain on site where the renewal work took place.

These sculptures were transported to McKay Lodge:

Cloudt, by Ron Bennet

Man sprays sculpture
large metal sculpture

Large Escargot, by David Hayes

large yellow metal sculpture

Manly, by Lyman Kipp

Manly Sculpture transport
Sculpture on crane
large red and blue metal sculpture

Mobius Trip X, by Peter Forkakis

large blue geometric metal sculpture

Rings Series #5, by Fletcher Benton

large circular metal sculpture

Totem:Lamina:Limbus, by Jack Youngerman

three large metal sculptures in blue white and red that look like paper cut outs

These sculptures remained on site for conservation:

Hence, by Clement Meadmore

Conservator: Teresa Duff of Lineage Historic Preservation Services

large metal sculpture

Large Snail, Tillie Speyer

Conservator: Marcin Pikus of McKay Lodge

North Light, by David von Schlegell

Conservator: Teresa Duff of Lineage Historic Preservation Services

large metal sculpture that looks like a sail

Monumental Holistic Image IV, by Betty Gold

Conservator: Teresa Duff of Lineage Historic Preservation Services

large yellow metal sculpture

Stretch, by Charles Ginnever

Conservator: Teresa Duff of Lineage Historic Preservation Services

large geometric metal sculpture

Sculptures not needing conservation at this time:

Tower Iron, Sculpture No. 5, by Joseph Goto

sculpture being moved
large metal sculpture
large rolling steel sculpture

Sculpture Garden conservation in the news

The process of on-site conservation, along with the design and construction of the Sculpture Garden captured the curiosity of passersby and some media attention.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Monumental sculptures get new/old colors during Hartwood Acres restoration

Pittsburgh Magazine – First Look: A Sculpture Garden Blooms at Hartwood Acres

Shady Avenue – The crown jewel of the Allegheny County Park system, Hartwood Acres is using dramatic sculptures to breathe new life into the former country estate, creating a cultural destination ideal for a brisk walk in the park.