Initial Assessment Procedures For Inspecting Outdoor Sculptures
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INITIAL ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR INSPECTING OUTDOOR SCULPTURE
Patrick Kipper, The Care of Bronze Sculpture, 2007.
Inspection of outdoor sculpture should be performed regularly to
identify potential problems early and prevent the development of
serious problems requiring major treatments. Inspections are of
1. Initial professional assessment; and
2. Routine semi-annual inspection.
The initial assessment of outdoor sculpture should be conducted by
professionals. "Professionals" may include internal
personnel or contractors, and may range from a problem specific
analysis- to a full Historic Structure Report (HSR), but at a
minimum it means the evaluation of the problem(s) by personnel with
knowledge, training and experience in the identification and
treatment of material deterioration and the ability to recommend
appropriate action within the constraints of the American Institute
of Conservation Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
This assessment establishes a baseline or benchmark against which
future semi-annual inspections will compare the sculpture's
condition. For guidance on planning semi-annual inspections of
outdoor sculpture, see 05725-02-S.
1. An initial professional assessment shall be performed on each
piece of outdoor sculpture to identify its component materials
and their respective conditions.
2. Use of the inspection checklists (05010-01-S, 05010-02-S and
04400-01-S) is encouraged. These lists are intended to aid in
the evaluation by providing professionals specific details for
3. Complete assessment report and file as the "base" file for
4. Note conditions of deterioration or structural failure which
are beyond the scope of maintenance and report them to the
appropriate Regional Historic Preservation Officer and Fine Arts Officer; schedule
the preparation of an HSR by professionals. Include
photographs, when possible, to document the condition.
5. Schedule follow-up inspections on a semi-annual basis.
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