By Michelle Cho
John Campbell, a conservator at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, made his second visit to the Nasher Museum recently. You may have seen him painting Mark di Suvero’s sculpture, “In the Bushes,” on the front lawn.
The sculpture is made from a steel alloy called weathering steel, also known as COR-TEN steel. Although the steel has some resistance to atmospheric corrosion, exposure to weather eventually gives the metal a rustic, antique appearance and fades the paint. Campbell applied a new layer of paint to conserve “In the Bushes” temporarily. Once the sculpture returns to Dallas, the paint will be removed from the sculpture and a new coat reapplied.
Enjoy it while you can. The di Suvero sculpture is due to return to Dallas at the close of “Picasso and the Allure of Language,” in January.
IMAGE: Photo by Michelle Cho.