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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Restores Local Artistic Treasure

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Restores Local Artistic Treasure

Today, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities completed the conservation of the Alexander Robey Shepherd statue located at the John A. Wilson Building.

The greater than life-size bronze sculpture of Robey, former Governor of the District of Columbia, was sculpted by U.S.J. Dunbar and installed in 1909. Over the years, the sculpture has moved several times before being installed at its current location. Corrosion on the statue covered over 50 percent of the surface.

“There’s such a rich history here in our city that’s kept alive through our many sculptures and monuments. So, it’s extremely important for us to maintain and preserve these artistic assets,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Artex Fine Art Services, on behalf of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities managed conservation of the statue. Professional conservators, Howard Wellman and Constance Stromberg, completed the three-day project.

For more information on the Alexander Robey Shepherd conservation project, contact Keona Peason of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at keona.pearson@dc.gov or (202) 724-5613.