Project: Remove, repair and restore 1918 mural by William Steene
This historic 17 foot mural had been rolled up in a warehouse for decades. VWFA was tasked to clean and restore the mural of years of accumulation of airborne grime, old adhesive, and discolored varnish on the verso. After cleaning blistering cleavages and flaking losses were consolidated and in-filled and leveled then losses were in painted with reversible conservation paints and applied solvents to saturate the brittle paint. To prepare the restored mural for installation, it was lined onto custom-made acid free panels and gallery-wrapped prepared by Signature Canvas, Kansas City. The mural was transported in a flatbed truck and will be on display at the Pierson Gallery in Tulsa Oklahoma.