We undertake a full on-site inspection in order to assess your sculpture, we provide you with a full report on repairs required, and carry out the remedial work either on site or at our workshop, whichever is more appropriate and practicable.
Procedure: All oxidation, corrosion, dirt and unsightly blemishes are removed and any structural flaws repaired. Finally we will re-patinate as necessary and apply the necessary sealants. In this way we will return your statue to its former glory.
Why and How?
Metal sculpture will last years, even centuries, if treated and cared for in the correct manner. However, metal work can be subjected to oxidation, corrosion and disintegration, particularly if located outside where it is exposed to an assortment of damaging elements, such as wind, acid rain, airborne pollutants, insecticide sprays to name but a few. The very nature of modern life means that we are also responsible for creating some of these harmful elements which can debase our works of art.
If metal is not maintained then all surfaces will age and wear overtime producing unsightly blemishes and oxidation. Patination (colour treatment) will become dull and lifeless. With the correct remedial treatment sculptures can be restored to their former beauty.
Does Bronze last for ever?
Our cities, parks and public plazas exhibit fine old sculptures and there exists a misconception that 'they will last for ever' because the are 'made of bronze'. However, bronze is a delicate alloy composed primarily of the soft metal, copper and the survival of sculptures placed outdoors depends on many factors, not least of which is the maintenance they are given.
The deterioration in the appearance of a statue and the results possible from a professional cleaning and restoration regime can be seen from the following well known examples.