Public art conservation and maintenance are critical and often overlooked elements of the public art process. On September 29, 2015, the Public Art Scrambler met for its first ever Public Art Field Trip.

We’d always dreamed of taking a bus tour around the cities to learn about art with our fellow arts enthusiasts and the Conservation Tour exceeded our expectations. Kristin Cheronis and Laura Kubrick expert object conservators who specialize in sculptures, monuments and other outdoor sculptures led the tour to four sites with unique conservation stories.

We visited the Sheridan Veterans Memorial (ETHOS, by Robert Smart) at Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. N.E.; Pioneer Monument at B.F. Nelson Park, 434 Main Street N.E.; Dancers by Fernando Botero, 500 Washington Ave. S. and the I-35W Bridge Memorial by Tom Oslund near the Stone Arch Bridge on West River Parkway.

Visit Scrambler participant and steering committee member Barbara La Valleur’s blogpost to learn more about the tour and guides.

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Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting and hosting the Public Art Scrambler.