Conservation 2017-2019

PACD Past Conservation Work

In 2019, PACD coordinated cleaning and restoration on several of the City’s monuments and memorials: Carrick’s World War I Honor Roll, the Hygeia World War I monument and The Hiker in Schenley Park, and the World War I Memorial in the West End.

PACD worked with a professional team led by GSG Metals and Electrokote to restore Pipe Movement in Blue by Josefa Filkosky, an outstanding piece of the City’s art collection. This artwork has been entirely refurbished and installed at the entrance of the newly-renovated Paulson Spray Park. This eye-catching metal sculpture complements the new play equipment and the vibrant hardscape mural by artist Will Schlough.

Working with the Department of Public Works, PACD refinished Phoenix, a monumental wooden sculpture by renowned local artist Thaddeus Mosley. After nearly forty years of exposure to Pittsburgh seasons, the red cedar sculpture had developed natural cracks in several places. With the advice of the artist, the sculpture was re-stained and sealed against further weather damage.

PACD coordinated repairs to a Spring Garden memorial to World Wars I and II. The large marble monument had lost one of its two brass medallions which feature insignias of military arms. A new fixture was cast and expertly modeled to match the existing medallion, and was installed by the Department of Public Works.

A World War I monument in the Troy Hill neighborhood that had previously been toppled by a vehicle was once again subject to damage from local traffic. PACD had new bronze eagles cast for the restoration and the Department of Public Works created a new traffic island to protect the memorial and to increase the safety of the intersection.

A piece of abstract sculpture by artist Edward Bordas was restored by PACD through a grant by the R. K. Mellon Foundation and placed in a new location at the Schenley Park Swimming Pool. The sculpture, originally commissioned for the Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill, had been in storage since renovations to the library had necessitated its removal in the 1990s.

A large work by local sculptor James Myford was given a new refinishing after vandals marred the bright aluminum surface. The sculpture, located in Grandview Park, was the artist’s largest work at the time of its creation. The sculpture was originally made in 1973 but had been fully recreated by the artist in 2010 in coordination with a City conservation program.