Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Steg is Back!

In September I wrote about the ambitious plan to strip Alexander Calder's monumental sculpture Stegosaurus of its badly faded paint, undertake some conservation measures to preserve
the sculpture for decades, and then repaint it with a new, tougher, longer lasting finish.  


It is almost done.  Some touch-up is being done in areas where the scaffolding interfered,
and some work needs to be done to the area around the base. 


The paint was modified from military camouflage paint.  The bright red color was developed with funding from the trust that owns the Steg, the Calder Foundation and the Department of Defense.


The project's sculptural conservator, Abigail Mack, shows us how well the new paint
matches the paint sample provided by the Calder Foundation.

8 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I had a look at your old post about the Steg. Sure looks more colorful now.

Andy said...

Looking good. Big, big difference from your September photo.

Kate said...

It is so important to take good care of our treasured art objects. Calder is extraordinary. . . to have such talent is awesome.

William Kendall said...

That second shot reinforces how big it is. A lot bigger than the Calder work here.

Sharon Anck said...

They did a great job. Steg is looking good.

bill burke said...

It looks a whole lot better.

RedPat said...

It looks wonderful and young again, Jack! i think I need a new paint job! ;-)

Kay said...

That's a stunning improvement! Goes to show you what can be done when the work is given to committed professionals. They're doing a wonderful job.