On July 10-11, 2013 the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and conservator Martin Burke held a two day training on the conservation of fountains. This training was held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. This event included 17 presented papers, two panel discussion sessions, a fountain tour of Kansas City, as well as hands-on field sessions addressing the issues of fountain maintenance at the Nelson-Adkins. Pictures from the event are available here.

Follow the Schedule Links to the Recorded Talks from each of the lectures.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Keynote: Challenges of Maintaining the Fountains of “The City of Fountains” – Kansas City by Jocelyn Ball-Edson
Fountain Maintenance: Maintenance Programs for Historic Fountains by Fran Gale
Fountain Maintenance: A Manageable Approach for the Maintenance of Fountain Water by Robert Krueger
Fountain Maintenance: Bringing the “Fountain of Life” Back to Life – Marble and Bronze Conservation and Sculptural Figure Replication  by Ricardo Viera and Michele Boyd
Fountain Maintenance: Maintenance Maladies-Who is Minding the Fountain? By Mary Jablonski and Xsusha Flandro
Material Issue: Fountain Conservation-California Style by Andrea Morse
Material Issue: Toward Better Treatment of Cast-Iron Fountains with Zinc Statues by Carol Grissom
Material Issue: Rehabilitation of Shippensburg University’s Old Main Fountain by Gabriel W. Harrison and T. Scott Kreilick
Case Study: South Florida Fountain Conservation: Case Studies of the treatment of several fountains in a tropical environment by Justine Posluszny Bello
Case Study: Art and Infrastructure: Restoring the Futuristic Fountain and Reflecting Pool by Margot Brunn and Henry Zuehlke
Case Study: Restoration of Rockefeller’s Italian Fountain by Ricardo Viera and Michele Boyd
Case Study: Alexander Calder’s “Hello Girls”; a Wind and Water Driven Non-Interactive Feature by John Hirx
Fountain Tours of Kansas City with Paul Benson

Thursday,  July 11, 2013

Keynote: ENGINEERING 281: Renovation of Fountains – Hydraulic Considerations by David Peterson

Conservator Martin Burke demonstrates water quality testing at the Fountain Fundamentals Training Event

Conservator Martin Burke demonstrates water quality testing at the Fountain Fundamentals Training Event

Water Quality: Kansas City Water Quality by  David Greene
Water Quality: Water Chemistry Guidelines for Art Fountains by Martin Burke
Water Quality: Aquatic Plants for Water Quality Maintenance in Water Features and Fountains by Mary Willeford-Bair, Catherine Dewey, and Walter Zachritz
Materials: A Brief Appreciation of Fountains Through History: Changing Functions, Appearances, and Meaning by John Scott
Field Session: Issues at the Nelson-Atkins with Kate Garland and Bob Bolt
Field Session: Water Quality Testing with Martin Burke
Panel Discussion: Idealized Maintenance
Panel Discussion: Current State of Research/ Where to now?
Closing Reception at the Nelson-Atkins

All lectures and field sessions took place at the;
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64111


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5 Responses to Fountain Fundamentals, an Ever Evolving Conservation Collaboration

  1. Brett Fiore says:

    One project I’ve done is very realvent to your topic. I gilded an 18 foot bronze in a fountain.
    Sculpture maintenance is my specialty however this has proven to be quite a challege.

  2. I would like to know that with our vast experience with fountain restoration and repairs, what can we offer that you dont already know? What areas are not being covered. We are busy restoring fountains in New York and others devistated areas by Hurricane sandy. The only offering would be by email or by telephone. We dont really have time to do a abstract as this time. Thank you for the offer

    • Michael, We are very interested in having the full range of topics at the meeting. We are particiularly interested in water quality issues and how they might affect the fountains. We would love to have a presentation on dealing with fountains after a disaster. There are ways to present remotely and can make accomodations if you are interested. Feel free to calll or email me. Thanks.

  3. Brett Fiore says:

    Jason and Michael, If you would like to take the conversation a step further please email: SignatureSculpturePD@yahoo.com
    Thank you.

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