On Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:00 am, Materials Conservation
Collaborative, LLC will be treating the Benjamin Franklin and His Kite
statue located in Coxe Park. The statue was sculpted by Agnes Yarnell in
1965. In 1994, thanks to the work of Charles Ludwig, Esq. and Mart
Kilroy, the statue was placed in its current location in Coxe Park. The
treatment process is detailed below. Anyone interested is welcome to
come and watch the work being performed.
- Thoroughly digitally photograph the object, making detail images of the damaged areas, before, during and after treatment.
- Wash the sculpture with nonionic detergent and filtered tap water.
- Wash the base with biocide and natural bristle brushes.
- Examine the surface of both components for other signs of damage, note current condition
- Dry the surface with rags.
- Heat the surface of the bronze and apply an even layer of microcrystalline wax.
- Allow the surface to cool and buff with soft cotton rags.
Thanks to Drew Murray for coordinating the preservation service.