Statue facelift cost re­vealed

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

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.

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