Restoration of a statueLakita Peintures
The work of restoration of statues is my participation as a painter in the life of a municipality and the preservation of small heritage.
Each project is interesting because it is a technical challenge! Here, with regard to this statue of St. Clair Prouilhac, one of the difficulties was its accessibility since it is located more than 6 meters high! Then, the cleaning and stripping of the statue is decisive for the next steps.
As the statues are outside, they are necessarily very exposed. We must therefore select paints and protective products that will hang on the material and will last in time. For example, the statue of St. Clair is terracotta and these are pigments diluted in acrylic mediums that have made the effect and durability.
Moreover, when a part of the statue is very damaged, the intervention of a sculptor is essential to be able to remake a damaged hand for example.
But there is also a historical challenge! Indeed, to gather the maximum of information on the work to be restored (provenance, colors, etc.) we must search and consult the existing archives but also go directly to the contact with the oldest inhabitants of the municipality to collect the maximum of information.
As for painting, it’s a pleasure to paint in three dimensions. These are truly other sensations, especially when you come to the face that gives life to the statue! Participating in such restorations and allowing works to find their place in a village is very touching. And what about the walkers who stop and admire now this statue of Saint-Clair which, until then, was ignored as it was rusty and disfigured …