Windsor’s Sculptures In Need Of Painting And Repairs: Report

Monday March 10th, 2014

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The City of Windsor is looking to hire some seasonal staff to catch up on deferred maintenance and repairs to 34 sculptures along the riverfront, as well as more then 18 pieces located throughout the city.

Recently the city had all of the sculptures evaluated to get an idea of which pieces required conservation work and repairs and to establish a regular maintenance cycle of work for each piece.

In a report to city council, several pieces along the riverfront were identified as needing new coats of paint; several require the stripping and reapplying of their wax coating; and others such as Penguins on a Waterfall require plumbing repairs to make the water flow again.

Craft 9, the large aluminum sliver spaceship was identified in the report as not being constructed to be outside in the elements. The report says the piece has been damaged inside and out by water and it is recommended that necessary repairs be made to it, and that it gets reinstalled indoors in once of the city owned facilities.

Anne, a bronze statue which had been located on a plinth in the Detroit River, was pushed over by ice in January. The report says the sculpture has suffered extensive damage from bird guano. It is recommended the sculpture be installed back on the land so it is easier to maintain.

City administration is recommending to council that a temporary museum collection assistant be hired along with up to six seasonal students to do the necessary work on the sculptures. Total staffing costs are estimated at $92,104.33. The report says that it will take several summers to compete all work needed.

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