Caring for historic monuments requires a team approach

Regional Arts and Culture Council’s public art maintenance team is adept at removing graffiti from outdoor sculpture, but sometimes we need to enlist additional help. Scott Posey from Pacific Pressure Washing (who very generously donated his services) is shown at right assisting with the removal of some stubborn crayon graffiti on the Shemanski Fountain located in Portland’s South Park Blocks.

Those responsible for this graffiti may not have intended permanent damage, but the fountain’s delicate surface holds onto the waxy pigment tenaciously. Under the careful eye of Art Conservator Marie Laibinis-Craft, Scott’s skillful application of mildly pressurized hot water did the trick.

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