Conservationists clean up Harlow’s treasured sculptures

Lifestyle / Tue 30th Apr 2019 at 02:09pm

EXPERT conservationists from Plowden and Smith are working on cleaning nine sculptures in Harlow. This is all part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project “Access to Harlow Sculpture town”.

The nine pieces are

Eve by Rodin
Family Group – Henry Moore
Trigon – Lyn Chadwick
Meat Porters – Ralph Brown
Portrait Figure – F.E McWilliam
Kore – Betty Rae
Metal Sculpture – Antanas Brazdys
Donkey – Soukop
Chiron – Mary Spencer Watson

As part of the programme The Wrestlers by Sally Doig has been brought into the Gibberd Gallery from the gardens of St. John’s ARC. This artwork is in a very poor state. It is in the Gallery to raise awareness about what can happen if the no work is carried out to maintain the sculptures.

So far there has been a great response by local residents who have been contacting the Trust about their memories of the sculptures as they have grown up in the Town.

The programme has also been supported by the Friends of Harlow Sculpture & Gibberd Gallery. It is hoped that more people will want to join the Friends as they are such vital support group for the Harlow Art Trust and so many other sculptures in the town that need conservation work carried out on them.

Photo attached is of metal conservator Pal Jacobs from Plowden & Smith applying a protective wax coating to Donkey by Willi Soukop.

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