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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Pinocchio Takes a Bath

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Earlier this month our Pinocchio sculpture received a maintenance treatment from conservators who specialize in outdoor sculpture conservation from McKay Lodge Art Conservation.  Outdoor sculptures require regular maintenance to protect their surfaces from exposure to harsh environmental conditions.  This usually consists of a good cleaning and the application of a clear sacrificial coating that will protect the sculptures surface from being worn away by the exterior conditions, prevent corrosion, and resist the accumulation of biological growth and debris. This maintenance helps to prolong the time between major conservation treatments of outdoor sculptures which usually involve consultation with the artist and artist studios. After this maintenance, Pinocchio will be ready for any ice and snow in the winter months ahead!

Jim Dine (American, b.1935), Pinocchio (Emotional), 2007, bronze, Museum Purchase: Lawrence Archer Wachs Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Leyman Endowment, Phyllis H. Thayer Purchase Fund, A.J. Howe Endowment, Henry Meis Endowment, On to the Second Century Art Purchase Fund, Israel and Caroline Wilson Fund, Trustee Art Purchase Fund, and Tom and Dee Stegman, 2012.9.