Outdoor Sculpture And Indoor Sculpture

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Sculpture is an ancient art form and artists used several different mediums throughout the millennia, starting with readily available resources. Stones, clays, wood, and eventually metals were commonly used to create sculptures. However, artists today are only limited by their imagination when it comes to materials for their sculptures, making it harder for conservators to know how different methods of preservation of newer mediums will persevere over time. Consequently, conservators utilize a range of technology and creative processes in order to preserve sculptures as best as possible. Outdoor sculpture and indoor sculpture come with different conservation requirements. Conservators agree that outdoor sculpture is harder to maintain but that outdoor sculpture is prevalent in accessing the public eye. “With so much open-air sculpture in the public realm embodying symbolic, historic, and aesthetic value, the process of conservation requires negotiation and collaboration—drawing in, for example, art historians, custodians, conservation scientists, engineers, fabricators, and the sculptor or the sculptor 's estate.” Sculpture conservation requires an extensive amount of forethought and preparation, especially when considering material, indoor and outdoor elements, funding, and the provenance.
Conservators know how to care for stone and metals because these materials were abundantly used by artists and architects for centuries. The most popular metal that is still used by
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