Conservator’s comments

The paint removal is complete on the exterior. This has revealed how the fabricators overcame the difficulties of working with sheet steel in forming intricate and highly 3 dimensional shapes…they abandoned it! It turns out that the head, hands and toes are actually formed from zinc which was then soldered and riveted to the steel skin. This allowed them to create the more highly figured surfaces. The head is particularly well formed and its fully articulated features contrasts with the more generalized drapery.

Mark Rabinowitz
Conservation Solutions, Inc.