COMMISSIONS & PRIVATE WORK

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RESTORATION & CONSERVATION

 

 Age of Bronze offers a full spectrum of services in Restoration and Conservation, treating contemporary and historical bronze monuments, sculptures, and architectural features in the private and public sectors for cities, galleries, museums and prominent artists from home and abroad. These services are devised for both indoor and outdoor applications of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which include the sculpting, molding, casting and installation of missing or damaged components, structural repairs, general cleaning, maintenance, patina integration and restoration.

Many of the outdoor bronzes have had decades of exposure to the environment without the intervention of treatment. Some bronzes, given the lack of maintenance, may have developed surface condition issues such as bronze disease, or ice jacking, caused by freeze-thaw cycles that may require immediate attention. By inheriting the common green and black corrosion products, any traces of an original patina have all but disappeared. In rare circumstances, there are minute traces of the original patina usually found on an underside or unexposed crevice area that may reveal an indication of patina color. Research and development regarding the original patina and initial intent of the artist, are essential steps to restoring the artwork as close as possible to its initial color.  

On any given project, if a treatment is planned, its advisable to hire a qualified conservator to assess the artwork, and prepare a condition report and treatment proposal. Conservators work together to share their knowledge and expertise to carry out the necessary treatment options with the intention of arresting degradation with minimal intervention, there by helping to preserve and maintain the value of the artwork.

 

Patina

For over 25 years, Age of Bronze has specialized in the research and development of patinas, formulated for historical and contemporary patina restoration on bronze sculptures and monuments. Our expertise in this field has also led us to work with heritage restoration companies and architects, restoring architectural and sculptural features on historical buildings. General patina services are available for sculptors, art foundries, galleries and art institutions. Patina workshops and master classes are also available upon request.

 

Maintenance

Maintenance is the key to preservation. Once the artwork has been treated, a maintenance program is recommended with regularly scheduled visits annually or biannually, depending on location and environmental conditions, particularly, artwork that is placed outdoors in the proximity of water. Each visit is documented, and any changes to the artwork are noted and then treated to help prevent and reduce surface corrosion and deal with any apparent problems that may be detrimental to the future of the artwork.

For more information on Restoration & Conservation, please contact - Brett Davis,

Age of Bronze - 905-775-5581 - email - davis@ageofbronze.ca

 

PUBLIC ARTS & COMPETITIONS

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PATINA SPECIALIST IN METAL CONSERVATION

Brett Davis works in all facets of non-ferrous metals from welding, fabrication, chasing and structural. Brett has also studied ancient and historical patinas for more than 25 years, while practicing in the art of chemical patination, which has gained him a notable reputation as a Patina Specialist in Metal Conservation that has allowed him to treat and restore many historical public bronze monuments, sculptures and architectural features for the cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Ontario, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He creates specialized patina formulas for his own works, which are an integral and significant element to each sculpture, and also creates patina recipes for many leading Canadian and international artists and has conducted patina workshops at local and international art colleges and art foundries. His travels abroad have also earned him an international reputation as a bronze artist, participating in many invitational international exhibitions and symposiums, and has numerous private and public works in Asia, United Kingdom, USA and Canada.