Public Art Tour: Restoring Large Scale Sculpture

April 21, 2022
Event Types
Public Art Tour
Public Program
A Henry Moore Sculpture is photographed with surrounding greenery.

Henry Moore, Three-Piece Reclining Figure, Draped, 1976, Gift of the Eugene McDermott Family and Other Friends of MIT, Photo by Chuck Mayer Photography.

MIT List Visual Arts Center 20 Ames Street Wiesner Building (Building E15) Cambridge, MA 02139
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Join List Visual Arts Center and Josh Craine, owner and head conservator at Daedalus Inc. for a Public Art Tour focused on the conservation and restoration of MIT’s Public Art collection.

Founded in 1989, Daedalus is an award-winning conservation firm that provides hands-on treatments of art and architectural ornament. This tour, led by Craine will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective of the work that goes into maintaining large-scale, outdoor sculpture. This walking tour will explore the intersection of science and our public art collection, considering the role of material, climate, and environment in determining annual maintenance procedures and long-term care plans.

Over the last 20 years, Josh Craine has led efforts to conserve many of the most important objects of our shared cultural heritage throughout the Commonwealth and the country, including The Statue of Freedom, Washington DC, The Façade & Entrance way at The Ayer Mansion, Boston, and The Old Boston Post Road Mile Markers, Massachusetts.

Craine and his team look forward to continuing their work treating outdoor sculpture collections for MIT and the City of Boston this summer. They are currently working in DC (maintaining the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol) and in their studios (conserving hundreds of historic slate grave markers from Eliot Burying Ground in Roxbury, MA, and an assemblage of metal, stone, wood, and plaster sculptures from several private collections).

Craine is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. Daedalus supports several local historic preservation groups, as well as community-building athletic endeavors including cyclo-cross bike racing (Daedalus Racing Team) and an up-and-coming professional boxer (Troy Anderson, Dorchester MA).

Program is free, but registration is required

We will continue to follow MIT’s COVID protocols