The EAC's conservation staff archives, assesses, conserves and maintains the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection. Conservation and maintenance of public art is integral to preserving the City's public art assets.
When properly conserved, public artworks can dramatically increase in value and importance over time. Conversely, valuable artworks left unattended and neglected can quickly deteriorate to the point of being a safety concern for the public, render the artwork cost ineffective to conserve, require resiting or even to be de-accessioned. Conservation staff assess and provide related services and recommendations for artworks in the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection.
Conservation staff are also involved in the early development stages of new public artworks. This includes site visits, working with architects and artists, researching materials and techniques and reviewing project proposals.
Taking Care: a position for the Conservation and Maintenance of Public Art, by Kristy Trinier
Public Art Conservation: Tips for Artists, by David Turnbull
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