Statue facelift cost revealed
A clean-up project for the Robert Burns statue in Dumfries cost £30,357.
In the past month, the town centre monument has been receiving its first clean in eight years.
Work is due to be completed on the Dumfries icon this week.
Previous cleans of the poet have had varying degrees of success. Problems due to dirt, pollution from vehicles, weather and previous chemical cleans have worn away inscriptions and details on the statue.
The council’s planning applications committee agreed to the clean in August and will take greater care and carry out more inspections of Burns to ensure this does not happen again.
The report said:“It is proposed to clean the entire surface of the marble statue and plinth using trained and experienced sculpture conservation operatives, using non-metallic brush and hand tools with clean water, together with an appropriate biocide where necessary.
“Further cleaning techniques would be used especially where weathering has become ingrained and created staining to the marble.
“On completion of cleaning, all areas of scaling, surface loss and cracking will be consolidated and filled with appropriate material to match the existing surfaces.”
Dumfries company Hire and Supplies has been carrying out the work after the council tendered the contract.