Henry Moore Conservation: Before and after

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    Conservators began their work to restore Knife Edge Two Piece in February which badly needed repairs after years of damage and neglect.
    The conservation project took just over five weeks to complete. The original lacquer was removed before graffiti and pitting were sanded away. The sculpture was then re-patinated, waxed and polished to protect it from the elements.
    The final product is markedly different than it was only five weeks ago. Previously referred to as one of ‘the most damaged sculptures in London’, it is now as Moore intended.
    It is unlikely that a drastic conservation project like this will be required again, as there is now a programme in place for the regular care and maintenance of the sculpture.
    Image: Parliamentary copyright/Catherine Bebbington

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