In early March, conservator, Brian Hall, gave a talk at Poole Museum about Sea Music and Hall Conservation’s work in progress on the sculpture.
Brian described his pleasure when Hall Conservation were chosen as the appointed contractor for this important project. Brain recalled his own background in restoration and the origins of Hall Conservation is 2008. As well as outlining Hall Conservation’s experience with sculpture, decorative arts, and domestic and industrial objects from a wide range of historical periods.
Brian talked about the international reputation of the creator of Sea Music, Sir Anthony Caro. He explained that since Sea Music was installed in 1991 several areas of the sculpture have become in need of conservation. Some areas are dirty with bird guano and graffiti. The sculpture is in a very exposed location which has resulted in quite a lot of surface wear. Some of the benches need replacing and the viewing platform is been damaged over time.
Brian then outlined the conservation process which includes steam cleaning to remove dirt and guano and ice blasting on areas of corrosion. Some damaged areas will be repaired on site, while other elements will be taken to the Hall Conservation workshop for repair.
The audience then had the chance to ask questions before Brian led a site visit to see Sea Music and the work in progress.
Thank you to Poole Museum and to all the people who came.
More celebrations, talks, and other events are planned locally both during the restoration work and afterwards.
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With thanks to all at Poole Museum.