Summer Romance, 1964

John Chamberlain

This John Chamberlain sculpture from 1964 entitled Summer Romance is unusual for the artist in that is measures only 8 inches tall. During a recent physical damage, the artist’s made rivets broke and the sculpture was further crushed. While the repair included reinforcing the rivets and stabilizing lifting paint, the main challenge was to safely and accurately bring the metal back to the artist intended “crushed” state. After a thorough study of archive images the metal was carefully reformed with the absolute minimum of bending to limit the risk of metal fatigue and additional paint loss. The image with the yellow arrows indicate how the metal needed to be repositioned.