America's outdoor sculptural legacy is at risk. Over the years, exposure to the elements and deferred maintenance have created a backlog of sculpture that needs attention. Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) is dedicated to working with local communities to rescue these endangered works.
A professional conservator should oversee sculpture maintenance programs. For a list of professional conservators in your area, contact the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) at aic.stanford.edu. With conservation professionals as members, AIC is dedicated to preserving art and historic artifacts for future generations.
In choosing a conservator, seek suggestions from regional conservation centers, museums, art councils, historic preservation commissions, and nonprofit arts organizations. Look for someone who has training and experience with outdoor sculptures of similar materials. Always check references and ask questions.
Related Conservation Resources on the Web
Heritage Preservation (www.heritagepreservation.org)
Through its programs and publications, this nonprofit agency (our co-partner in the SOS! program) provides national leadership, advice, and guidance to help ensure the long-term care and preservation of America's cultural heritage.
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)(www.cci-icc.gc.ca)
Established in 1972, the CCI works to ensure the proper care and preservation of Canada's cultural property and to advance the practice, science, and technology of conservation.
Getty Conservation Institute (www.getty.edu/conservation)
The Getty Conservation Institute is committed to the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide. It provides research, training, and field-work opportunities.
International Council on Monuments and Sites, U.S. Committee (www.icomos.org)
The council fosters heritage conservation and historic preservation through education and training, technical assistance, documentation, and advocacy.
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)(www.ncptt.nps.gov)
Under the auspices of the National Park Services, NCPTT advances the art and science of historic preservation. Its mission includes researching, developing, and distributing preservation techniques and technologies; and training public and private preservation practitioners.
Pictured: Franklin Simmons, Victory Monument, 1891, Portland, Maine. Photo: Michelle A. Amero