specialised in conservation and restoration of painting and sculpture
Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
The „Humerus Fracture“ of the sculpture „Woman with Purse“ (1974) by Duane Hanson, concept and restoration
unsaturated polyester, UP, adhesives, Hanson,
The „Humerus Fracture“ of the sculpture „Woman with Purse“ (1974) by Duane Hanson, from the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Köln had lost an arm and therefore needed to be restored. A restoration concept for the sculpture made from unsaturated polyester (UP) was developed. In line with restoration procedure the previously detatched arm was reattached with a form fitting bond to the body of the sculpture. The bond itself was established by calculating the anticipated force imposed on the joint, selecting the adhesive based on tensile strength and installing a „Sheet Anchor“. In practice, due to the rigidity of the sculpture’s material, a complex ring was developed to hold the damaged piece in exactly the right place prior to fixing.
Prof. Dr. Friederike Waentig and Dipl. Rest. Petra Demuth
Through the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences