Art Restoration in Los Angeles and Southern California
City of Santa Fe Springs, CA
Mosaic & Mural Conservation
City of Santa Fe Springs Library Mural
In conjunction with a construction project at the City of Santa Fe Springs, RLA Conservation provided a general assessment, protection and conservation treatment of sculptures and integral artworks.
North Hollywood, CA
Conservation of Mosaic Mural: De-Installation & Re-Installation
North Hollywood Station
RLA was asked to assess the mural and provide strategies for its documentation, safe removal and packing, as well as preparing the new location for reinstallation and reinstalling the mural.
Pacific Palisades, CA
Artifact & Decorative Object Conservation
Will Rogers State Park
Treatment involved cleaning the chair with mild techniques and stabilizing exposed areas of friable wood to prevent future loss. Areas of paint and color loss were inpainted with diluted acrylics to integrate the areas of damage with the original surface.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Inventory & Collection Survey
Restoration and Conservation of a Civic Art Collection
The LA Arts Commission is responsible for stewardship of approximately 2,000 works of art. Facing county funding shortages, the Commission asked RLA to help design alternate methods of conducting a survey of their collection, using in-house county personnel with assistance from RLA conservators. The program allowed for reducing the budget by nearly 90% while achieving the same level of attention for the collection.
City of Beverly Hills
Municipal Public Art Collection Restoration
Survey, Treatment, and Maintenance
In 2012, RLA was selected from among a group of bidders to serve as the City of Beverly Hills’ public art conservators due to our extensive experience in municipal public art collection restoration. Treatments have included: conservation of a contemporary wood sculpture, ongoing care of a site-specific Yayoi Kusama installation, repainting of two large works, conserving a mosaic-clad specific column and dealing with the issues of public interaction with sculptures. We perform maintenance on a regular basis for the permanent collection.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Historic Architecture Conservation Assessment & Treatment
The entire structure of the Huntington Mausoleum is faced with Colorado Yule marble masonry units, including marble bas-reliefs by sculptor John Gregory representing the four seasons of life and nature. RLA cleaned the marble piers and poulticed salts from the piers, the soffit and interior rim of the dome. The carved marble reliefs were consolidated in areas where there was erosion and disaggregation of the marble, including delicate feature loss.
Concrete Art Restoration
California State University at Long Beach
Restoration and Conservation of Civic Sculpture
Repeated past repainting campaigns had masked the delicate formwork that is essential to the aesthetic of this work. RLA used archival research and collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute to define the paint finish. Treatment involved extensive controls to prevent our water for cleaning from infiltrating the topsoil, as well as adhering to stringent university safety regulations.
Public Art Restoration
Huntington Memorial Gardens
Huntington Memorial Gardens, Mercury
RLA’s work as the Huntington’s main conservators of outdoor sculpture addresses many materials. The sculpture had been stored outdoors for many years and had suffered extensive damage to the bronze and support column from fluctuations in temperature and exposure to the elements.
Public Art & Collection Treatment
Duet: Homage To David Smith, Robert Murray
The sculpture is comprised of three separate, 7/8”-thick mild steel sheet elements fabricated by the artist at Bethlehem Steel in Long Beach, using epoxy paints that changed over time and through numerous repainting campaigns. RLA worked in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute as part of their Outdoor Painted Sculpture Initiative to determine methods for identifying the original paint colors.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Art Restoration of Indoor Painted Mural
City of Walnut, CA Library
The majority of the damage was relegated to the lower portion of the mural which is most accessible to the public.
The surface was dry cleaned with HEPA filter vacuum and cosmetic sponges. Graffiti was removed after solvent testing, taking care to not disturb the original colors. Lifting areas were re adhered and filled losses with conservation grade materials.
Santa Monica, CA
Art Restoration of a Ceramic Mosaic
St. Augustine by the Sea
St. Augustine by the Sea’s 1967 church was rebuilt after a devastating fire ravaged the Santa Monica congregation’s 1875 building. RLA was brought in to address cracking, delamination, complete detachment, and loosening of the glass elements. The adhesives had been tested and utilized by the Getty Conservation Institute and LACMA at Watts Towers in Los Angeles. The effect restored a much beloved feature of this vibrant congregation.
UCLA Clark Library
Historical Architecture Restoration Services
Painted Plaster Ceiling
RLA mitigated water staining and discoloration to the surfaces through cleaning and poulticing. We performed decorative painted ceiling cleaning and repair, water stain removal to painted and wooden finishes, and color compensation where needed. In particular we were able to remove wood stains and reduce blanching with poultices and restore water damaged painted surfaces.