Howard Monument Update

Thanks to the William & Alice Mortensen Foundation and Monument Fund supporters, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation preserved the Howard Pyramid angel.

Conservators cleaned the angel in a series of stages, beginning with the mildest solutions and utilizing more aggressive formulas as needed. Cleaning improved the surface appearance of the angel by removing dirt and debris. It also dislodged organic growth within the marble.

Stone consolidation was achieved by applying a liquid solution that penetrated the marble to form chemical and physical bonds designed to strengthen the stone while still allowing it to “breathe.” The conservators cleaned cracks with compressed air and pressurized water. The cracks were injected with grout blended with marble dust. The fill was then tooled flush to match adjoining contours and textures.

Lastly the conservators repaired small areas of losses, most noticeably to the nose. Missing details were replaced with a composite material specifically designed for patching marble. After creating a model of the angel’s face, they designed a “new” nose based on remaining evidence and comparisons to other female statues at Cedar Hill.

Preserving the Angel

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