Mural Conservation and Restoration services

 

One of our fortes, we bring three generations of expertise to historic mural conservation and restoration. We offer industry-leading technical expertise and our comprehensive services include condition and treatment reports, accompanied by photographic documentation.

 
 

Museum standards and methodologies, which adhere to the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, are the hallmark of our practice. Throughout the process, the artist’s original intent, along with the integrity of the work, are top priority.

Mural Restoration Process

Our mural restoration process begins with a thorough visual inspection, along with documentation of present conditions and materials. Additionally, we perform a scientific and technical analysis to identify and develop an appropriate treatment plan to clean and restore the mural.

Following the examination we provide a Treatment Proposal to determine the scope of work. The Proposal aims to balance science and art, while simultaneously considering the mural’s history and environment.

Our mural conservation clients include local governments, courthouses, museums, historical societies and other organizations.

 
Mural

Mural Restoration Services Include:

  • Removal and transport

  • Cleaning and stabilization of original materials

  • Filling and recreating lost elements

  • Sealing and preservation with an ultraviolet protective varnish

  • Re-installation

 

To inquire about your mural restoration project, call the studio or send a message and we’ll get back with you.

 

Our MURAL WORK

Historic Mural in Nevada Finds a New Home

Our expert team spent an entire day removing this mural from a wall in the Nevada Public Safety Building, where it had hung for over 40 years. It was then covered with silicone paper, rolled onto a giant cardboard cylinder, and stored in a plastic bag to keep it clean for a future re-installation.

Read an article about this historic Nevada mural move.

 
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Repairing a Mural at the Sulgrave Regency

Sizing Up World's Biggest Painting

National Agricultural Center Hall of Fame 

This extraordinary mural had to be cut into four pieces to be moved to its new location in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Van Witt Fine Art Conservation was on hand to put it back together.

Cathi Hahner, the National Agricultural Hall of Fame's executive director, poses happily in front of her newly repaired mural.  Photo credit: Abbie Fentress Swanson, Harvest Public Media

Cathi Hahner, the National Agricultural Hall of Fame's executive director, poses happily in front of her newly repaired mural.

Photo credit: Abbie Fentress Swanson, Harvest Public Media

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The Allegory of Tulsa 

This 15-foot mural had been rolled up in a warehouse for decades. Van Witt Fine Art Conservation was tasked to clean and restore the mural from years of accumulated airborne grime, old adhesive and discolored varnish on the verso.

Westport Historical Society

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History of Brown County Mural Restoration