We had the opportunity to visit our dear old Ben at the Daedalus studios in Watertown. Seeing him in person at ground level was a very unique experience - the scale and breadth of detail in the sculpture are amazing to see close up. Greenough’s capturing of Ben’s essence is remarkable, from the detail along the flaps of his jacket pockets to the just so crook of his neck. We will be glad when we have him back home so we can admire him once again on a daily basis.
In the meantime, he has been fully cleaned and stripped of old wax treatments, making him ready to be patinated and restored. Our friend Josh at Daedalus is sampling different gradients of patina in the effort to find the most appropriate and appealing look.
At the same time he is working on repairing and filling any voids and spots where the original casting has worn. After the repairs are made and the patina is applied, Ben will be coated with protective wax and sealant to protect him against the elements of our lovely New England climate.
Once he is returned to his perch here at Old City Hall in early Fall, he will go back to his regular maintenance schedule to keep him looking sharp.