Restauration de la sculpture La Maison des enfants, Federica Matta, 1994, par les élèves de 2ème et 3ème années du département des œuvres sculptées de l'ESBA Tours. Photo (c) Corinne Crabos.

Restoration of La Maison des enfantsA Month-Long Student Workshop

Restorations - May 26 - June 20, 2014

Federica Matta’s monumental installation, La Maison des enfants, commissioned by Paul Haim and installed in the garden in 1994, has been restored by a group of 8 students from the Sculpture Conservation and Restoration Department at the School of Fine Arts of Tours (ESBA TALM – site de Tours),

This month-long workshop, supervised by conservator-restorer Julia Becker, took place at La Petite Escalère between May 26 and June 20, 2014 with eight 2nd and 3rd-year students from ESBA and one student from the INP. The purpose of this restoration was the following :

  • introduction to contemporary sculpture conservation-restoration, with an emphasis on issues related to outdoor conservation and to painted resin and composite materials, chemical analysis and fabrication technics and processes;cleaning,
  • strengthening, retouching and protection of the work;
  • drawing up of a conservation-restoration report;
  • proposition of a maintenance strategy for LPE team.