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Google honors Edmonia Lewis. On 2/1/17 Google honors Edmonia Lewis and features her Death of Cleopatra sculpture on its' search engine homepage. This unique marble sculpture was conserved by CSOS Director, Dr. Andrzej Dajnowski, and is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Graffiti removal at Starved Rock State Park was a success! The president and vice director of CSOS personally saw to the removal of graffiti from the natural stone at Starved Rock State park on 6/7/16. We would like to thank superintendent Kerry Novak and the Starved Rock State Park staff for being so welcoming and supportive of our work. We are very moved and grateful for all the kind messages and emails we have received from the public. We would also like to thank the media for capturing this moment and increasing awareness for the park: Chicago Tribune - The Times - NewsTribune - Pantagraph -
Starved Rock State Park is vandalized. CSOS will help erase the graffiti on 6/7/16 with lasers. CSOS is responding to the vandalism that took place in the beautiful Starved Rock State Park over Memorial Day Weekend (story here). We will use the environmentally friendly GC-1 laser cleaning system to vaporize graffiti off of the natural stone. We feel it is important to remove graffiti quickly before it may encourage additional vandalism. In light of the parks current budgetary constraints, we will be donating our services to help preserve this unique natural wonder in Illinois.
Chicago Tribune story about CSOS laser cleaning of Alexander Hamilton Monument on 4/6/16. We are laser cleaning the bronze monument to remove corrosion, failed gilding, and primer in order to prepare the surface for re-gilding. You can see the story printed in todays paper or online here.
The Charitas sculpture is back! We were sad to see it leave CSOS, but were are happy that the Charitas sculpture was installed on its' original base in Lincoln Park on 3/22/2016 so the public can enjoy it once again.
CSOS hosts the 2016 APT WGLC annual winter meeting on 2/16/16. We were very honored to host the 2016 annual winter meeting for the Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter on February 16th.
Laser cleaning trials on the Oklahoma Capitol building.
CSOS traveled to Oklahoma City to test how the GC-1 lasers can help in the extensive Oklahoma Capitol Restoration project. Check out the video from OklahomaOMES below to see the results.