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Happy Veteran’s Day from Aeon

11 Nov

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Historic Photograph of the Norfolk Navy Yard circa 1905

This Veteran’s Day, Aeon would like to thank veterans of the United States military for their service. Aeon is proud to work closely with the armed services to preserve historic buildings and monuments at military sites, including current projects taking place at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia (pictured above) and at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Macedonian Monument – Before and After

16 May

Our teaming partner Harry Abramson from Direct Dimensions sent us this great pair of before and after pics of the monument.

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Monumental Church – 200 Years Ago Today

14 May

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In 2003 Aeon Principals Lane And Alfonso embarked on a project to restore the exterior of Monumental Church in Richmond Virginia. As part of this project they spearheaded a project to scan, restore, and recreate the severely damaged monument on the church’s portico. 200 years ago today, this church and monument were consecrated. The whole project was the subject of a wonderful video produced by EAF Communications, Saving Grace. Here is a link to the Monument in 3D online:  https://skfb.ly/ytPo There is also a nice article on the project here.

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Macedonian Monument Project at the U.S. Naval Academy: Cannons Installed

24 Apr

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Aeon has completed the restoration of the Macedonian Monument for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. This year-long project has involved a wide range of services from laser scanning and non-destructive evaluation, concrete restoration and the conservation of bronze plaques, to replication of the original figurehead in mahogany and treatment of the four 18th century cannon. The cannons have just finished a five month process of paint removal and electrolytic reduction to remove all traces of chlorides from deep within the cast iron. The final steps included a phosphoric acid treatment to stabilize the surface prior to painting. Following treatment many details emerged from the old corroded surface that were never visible before. The rededication of this War of 1812 monument is scheduled for April 25.

Conservation of William Tecumseh Sherman Monument, Washington DC

15 Jul

 

Aeon principal conservators, Alfonso and Lane, recently completed the conservation treatment of the 1903 statue of General Sherman, which stands near the White House in downtown Washington. The bronze, stone and terrazzo monument has been undergoing an overall landscape and sculpture restoration project for the National Park Service by the Christman Company.   Aeon was hired to complete the conservation cleaning and repairs to the stone surfaces – after the bronze statue and numerous medallions and reliefs had been cleaned and waxed. This laid down the challenge for Alfonso and Lane to carry out their work on the 28ft monument while carefully protecting the bronze so that the previous work remained pristine. The project was also made more demanding by the tough access and time restrictions that were required as part of working in a high security area.
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