Sculpture Conservation in Paso Robles, CA
This week my workmates Jesse, Andy, and I spent Tuesday through Friday working in Paso Robles, CA on two sculptures in a private collection. The first sculpture seen in this timelapse video was created by Alexander Calder in 1968; the second is by Tony Smith. This timelapse is mainly shot during the second day of work.
The first day we spent power-sanding the Calder piece; with little headway made by the end of the day, we opted to use a chemical agent on Day 2 to break down the upper layers of paint and then sand to the steel surface. These first two days were arduous and dirty: the chemicals we used were nasty, and both days we returned to the hotel to shower, finding the shower floors covered in black paint (luckily they had been repainted since the 60's and were not covered in lead-based paint).
Days 3 and 4 were mainly touching up areas, applying second layers, and making sure the appropriate steps for conserving the pieces had been taken.
These sculptures are part of a private collection outside of Paso Robles, CA.
The song in this time-lapse video is "Flute Loop" by The Beastie Boys.