Saturday, December 25, 2010
Roy Lichtenstein's Mermaid, after conservation by RLA Conservation.
On December 1 we completed treatment of Roy Lichtenstein's first work of public art. Located in the City of Miami Beach, Florida, "Mermaid" is a painted concrete and steel fountain sculpture that was installed in 1979 and treated back in 2000. The sculpture's present treatment consisted of cleaning, corrosion removal and stabilization of its ferrous metal elements, compounding of the painted surfaces, concrete repair, and partial repainting. Of particular issue was the blue color, which was not the right shade prior to treatment (see below). RLA Conservation worked together with the Getty Conservation Institute and Pompano Paints in Pompano Beach Florida to find the right color match for the artist's original blue in an industrial paint that could be applied outdoors. See more images below.
The sculpture before treatment, facing NW.
During treatment. Note repaired concrete sections and color of blue wave.
Color matching done using a color card of the artist's original Magna colors. Special thanks to Tom Learner and Julie Wolfe of the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Museum for their help with this project.