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Repairs to be done on 'Grandmother's Joy'

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By Jennifer Garcia

The sculpture titled "Grandmother's Joy," located in front of the Betty Ehart Senior Center will receive a face lift for the second time in about three years.

It was recently noted that the patina, or oxidized finish on the bronze piece, was coming off in some places. There was a large area that was identified, in addition to some smaller areas.

A bid submitted by Sculpture Smart in Santa Fe was chosen and Joe Lindsay is set to begin restoration work on the sculpture sometime next week. Sculpture Smart specializes in sculpture maintenance and restoration, as well as architectural features.

After inspecting "Grandmother's Joy," Lindsay advised the Art in Public Places Council that the whole patina should be replaced because repairing just the affected area may not stop the patina from peeling on the rest of the sculpture.

Stephani Johnson, staff liaison, reported the sculpture was originally selected by a committee of people appointed to make a recommendation to the Art in Public Places Board. The bronze piece was commissioned through the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe and was purchased in 1998. Fritz White of Colorado is the artist.

Lindsay said he would be completely removing the existing patina. He'll begin preparing the surface of the sculpture for the new patina by hand-sanding the artwork.

Once that is complete, he will apply chemicals to the surface that will reoxidize the sculpture to the desired color. Lindsay said that the project would take approximately one week to complete.