All conservation work is done in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Work’s “Code of Ethics” and “Guidelines for Practice”. This mandates written documentation and photographic documentation of art conservation treatment and the use of archival and reversible materials. For the treatment of outdoor sculpture this includes the use of appropriate materials.
An Examination and Treatment Proposal provides an evaluation of the condition of the object, defines the structural and surface treatment needs, and outlines the expected treatment steps. Conservation treatment may include stabilization, repair, cleaning, visual integration, fabrication of missing components, and maintenance of outdoor sculpture. Consultation with the owner and formal approval of the Treatment Proposal is required before treatment can commence. A Conservation Treatment Report documents the before and after condition of the sculpture through both written and photographic documentation. Since the prevailing goal of art conservation is the long-term preservation of art objects, a treatment report may also include recommendations for storage, handling and transit, and display.
Consultation regarding the general preservation of objects or collections and condition examinations for loan are also provided. This includes condition survey of specific objects or general storage and display environments. Ms. Mack also provides conservation treatment management and supervision for the treatment of large scale or monumental outdoor sculpture. Since these types of treatments are multifaceted and require the coordination of riggers, art handlers and shippers, and specialty subcontractors, Ms Mack develops the treatment plan and supervises all activities to ensure the treatments are in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
The Art Conservation Studio, located in the Hudson Valley of New York, is newly constructed and designed expressly for conservation treatment. It meets fire, safety, and security requirements necessary for the temporary housing and treatment of art.