The Conservation of Outdoor Contemporary Murals
Top: Detail of Cecil, 1989, by Richard Wyatt, prior to conservation in 2001. The mural, located at the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles, showed problems of incompatible previous repair and restoration materials, combined with direct southern exposure that resulted in extensive paint flaking and paint loss. This closeup of the mural shows lifting of the paint layer and paint loss. To address this, conservators surface-cleaned the mural, consolidated and reattached the degraded paint layer, and inpainted areas of paint loss. Middle: Conservation team members inpaint areas of paint loss on mural. Discrete areas of paint loss over the entire surface were retouched with compatible materials. Bottom: The mural after completion of conservation. Photos: Courtesy the Los Angeles Murals Assessment and Conservation Project, City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department. Mural: © Commissioned by SPARC. www.sparcmurals.org.