CSOS featured in the New York Times. Online July 9th, in print July 10th: Click Here
Laser cleaning of the obelisk in Central Park began on May 2nd, 2014
The conservation treatment of the 3,500 year old obelisk in New York's Central Park, also known as Cleopatra's Needle, has begun. We are laser cleaning the entire surface of the 70 ft tall 220 ton monument. We are using several custom designed and modified 1064nm laser systems to target and carefully remove the pollution and grime from the obelisk without damaging the stone surface. Our vice director, Bartosz Dajnowski, designed and built a new 1064nm laser cleaning system specifically for this project. Laser cleaning is an environmentally friendly technique which offers unmatched precision, is nonabrasive, and does not involve the use of any chemicals. We are honored to be doing this work and find it rather fitting that this ancient obelisk with hieroglyphs that reference the Egyptian sun god Ra is being cleaned by light.
Kupcinet Statue removed for conservation treatment on April 12th, 2014.
CSOS Temporarily removed the bronze sculpture of Irv Kupcinet for conservation treatment. The sculpture was removed because the base of the sculpture was damaged. We appreciate how important the sculpture is to the Chicago community and look forward to reinstalling it after the conservation work is complete.
Alma Mater Monument Installation Completed on April 9th, 2014.
The conservation work is complete and the monument was safely transported and re-installed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The welcoming reception for this university icon was truly inspiring and moving. We are very proud to have brought the Alma Mater back to its original glory in time for graduation photo sessions. The You can see the monument live through this webcam: ALMA MATER CAM
The Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio, Inc. (CSOS)
CSOS has been dedicated to the conservation of art and architecture for over 20 years. Our logo, inspired by artist Lorado Taft's figure of Father Time, is a symbol of our goal to save works of art and to help them withstand the test of time so that future generations may enjoy them. CSOS uses the most cutting edge technology available to ensure the satisfaction of our clients and the highest quality conservation treatments for our cultural heritage. In addition to traditional restoration and conservation techniques, CSOS is the first private company in the USA to utilize laser cleaning technology for large scale conservation projects. With our custom designed and custom built laser systems, we offer environmentally friendly and chemical free cleaning of metals, stone, glass, wood, and other substrates with unmatched precision.
Our professionally trained conservation staff is prepared to treat any size object in our 13,000 square foot specialized facility as well as onsite anywhere in the USA and around the world. We have a range of vehicles and heavy duty trailer systems, and we are experts in safely rigging, packing, transporting, and installing works of art of all shapes and sizes.
Every project is unique. Our wide range of clients includes museums, galleries, cities, parks, government institutions, companies, art collectors, as well as private individuals. From the smallest personal treasure, to the largest architectural structure, CSOS would be honored to help your work of art withstand the test of time.