Rose Daly: Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Rose Daly, right, UD graduate student in art conservation, helps give Auguste Rodin's "Eve" a gentle bath in the the one-and-a-half-acre garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
Daly cares for "Double Glass," a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein.
Daly is shown with Richard Deacon's laminated wood sculpture "Like a Bird."


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11:18 a.m., July 28, 2010----My summer work project is at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. I am working with conservator John Campbell and pre-program intern Nicole Berastequi. The Nasher Sculpture Center has a collection of around 300 works of modern sculpture, many considered masterworks.

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The Nasher is one of the few institutions in the world devoted specifically to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture. Pieces are displayed in a building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker.

Maintenance of the collection includes dusting the pieces displayed indoors and washing and waxing pieces outdoors. The garden is fitted with a reverse-osmosis water treatment system, which allows for access to all areas of the garden for this maintenance.

Including maintenance of the sculptures, I have been involved with the treatment of an Alexander Calder “stabile” painted steel piece, Three Bollards (Trois Bollards), for which I spoke with the Calder Foundation and prepared new hardware for the large piece. I am also treating a bronze by Henry Moore, Working Model for Oval with Points. The bronze is being treated to remove a discolored coating, polished, re-patinated and re-coated to obtain a uniform surface appearance. Additionally, I have guided tours of the garden for visitors and explained the conservation concerns in treating outdoor sculptures.

I am participating in a project to digitize conservation records and the notes of the late Joanna Rowntree, the former sculpture conservator at the Nasher. Once the notes are digitized, the originals will be sent to the Winterthur library for the Joanna Rowntree collection. I have enjoyed working with the talented staff and interns at the Nasher Sculpture Center this summer, and I have enjoyed spending the summer exploring the lovely state of Texas.