Public Art ConservatioN

Public Art Conservation

KCI is the foremost public art conservation lab in the region, acting as the primary conservation firm for all of the major collections of public art in the Upper Midwest.  Our conservators have carried out hundreds of treatments on works of public art on-site and in our conservation facilities.  We understand the challenges that caring for public art entails and we plan our conservation treatments keeping in mind extreme climate, site-specific challenges, and public interaction. KCI’s public art services include:

  • Condition Assessments

  • Collections Surveys

  • Long-term Maintenance Planning

  • On-site Work (when sculptures cannot be moved or do not need to be moved)

  • Oversight and Consultation for Installation and Re-siting of Sculpture

  • Pre-fabrication Design Phase Conservation Assessments

  • Conservation Treatments:

    • Structural repairs

    • Aesthetic reintegration
    • Patina repairs
    • Repainting of outdoor sculpture
    • Application of protective coatings
    • Corrosion removal and passivation
    • Repair of moving and motorized parts
    • Graffiti removal and urgent treatment of vandalism
  • Routine Maintenance:

    • Conservation cleaning

    • Replacement of protective coatings
    • Written maintenance plans