Conservation of Contemporary Public Art

Yerxa Road Underpass (2006) by Randal Thurston, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conservation issues faced by this work of concrete, ceramic tile, and painted steel typify those of public art. Its ceramic tunnel walls have been repeatedly tagged with graffiti. In 2010, due to failure of the original paint system, the trellis was removed and repainted. Here George Hagerty and a team from the USArt Company reinstall the trellis. Photo: Rika Smith McNally