A project like this is always an interesting prospect for us. Taking something that appears to have little value anymore then transforming it into a vibrant new piece of art/sculpture is very satisfying.
The life-size cast was originally salvaged from the garden of a retired priest in Kent. The statue had then been out of view of the public - stored safely in the garage of retired Rev John Bailey. Not wanting to let the statue go for scrap, Rev John approached us to discuss the possibilities for its renovation and bronze metal finish.
When we received the statue it was in a tired and worn condition. The original gold paint that covered the statue was flaking and faded. Fingers and toes were missing and it was in desperate need of a grand makeover to return it to its former glory. In a sense this was going to more of an up-grade on the former painted finish.
There was a fair bit of work involved to get the figure back to its earlier splendour. The initial repairs included making new resin casts to replace the missing fingers and toes and general preparation before the first base coat was applied. That done the cast then received a coating of real molten bronze (thermal spray). At this stage the bronze coating doesn’t remotely resemble a solid cast bronze. It is only with further finishing that the transformation is revealed. Verdigris detail was then added and a final protective finish applied.
Rev John was very pleased with the renovation and especially happy that at long last the statue is again back in the public domain. The statue now resides in the peaceful grounds of a West Kent church. Parishioners are free to visit anytime to use the space around for quiet prayer. It hangs on the original wooden crucifix.