March 21th, 2016
Mark Erdman, Head of Objects Conservation at ICA
- 5:45 Student Poster Session, Social & Networking
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:30 Presentation
"The restoration of Time & Space, Viktor Schreckengost's astronomical artwork"
The restoration of an artwork with so many components, and with so little documentation about its original creation requires physical investigation, research and careful consideration of the ramifications of ones actions. This presentation will describe the decision making process for restoration of the artwork, mainly focused on the surface coatings such as chrome and gold plating, gold leaf, enameling and painting.
The artwork colloquially known as “The Signs of the Zodiac”, officially titled, Time & Space, was once a high-profile public artwork designed by Cleveland’s own Viktor Schreckengost, and fabricated by the famed Rose Ironworks. After being installed at the new Cleveland Hopkins Airport terminal with great fanfare in 1956, it gradually began to show signs of wear and eventually was relegated to obscurity in a warehouse out of the public eye. Before Schreckengost died, he and Mel Rose visited the warehouse to talk about restoring it, but the project didn’t come to fruition until after both men’s death.
Mark Erdmann is the head of Objects Conservation at ICA (Intermuseum Conservation Association). He earned the Post-Graduate and Professional Development diplomas in Conservation/Restoration of Fine Metalwork from West Dean College, in West Sussex England, and interned at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich England. He has been at ICA since 2006, where he routinely encounters a broad range of objects including outdoor sculpture, monuments, terra cotta murals and reliefs, as well as historic and artistic objects of all material types. Recent highlights include overseeing the restoration of Claes Oldenburg’s Free Stamp, and personally restoring a 14th century limestone sculpture. Prior to entering the conservation field he earned a Master of Music in Trumpet performance, and has done research in historic trumpet building techniques and instruments. He is a Professional Associate of AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works).
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