Short film of the Restoration/Conservation of the Gratz Park Sculptures in Lexington, Kentucky by Prometheus Foundry. LLC
Repair, Restoration and Conservation by Prometheus Bronze Foundry
Completed Restoration Images:
2014-2015 Gratz Park Bronze Sculpture Restoration in Lexington, KY
Before the Restoration...
Tom Eblen: Iconic Gratz Park statue to be removed for a winter of repairs
Please see November 21, 2014 Lexington Herald Article here for details.
5 Minute Video of the deconstruction of the Bronze Sculpture at Gratz Park link Here...
2008 Flying Horse of Gansu
Gift from City of Xi'an and Shaanxi Province in China to the City of Lexington, Kentucky
Technical rendering of the new armature for the structural repair of the broken leg created by Pyramid Consulting Structural Engineers.
"...the flying horse's support leg cracked at the shin and the 1,200 pound statue fell forward." (Lexington Herald Leader)
Duncan Machinery Movers professionally rigged and moved the 1200# sculpture to our facility after Brad cut the broken leg free from the base.
Moving the sculpture with our crane once it arrived in our studio. The process of repairing and restoring an enormous sculpture includes specialized knowledge and facilities, and employs the use of brute strength as well as finesse.
We cut a small window to determine if there was a broken armature on the inside.
"The statue had no internal support structure, just an extra-fat leg to hold all of that balanced weight." (Lexington Herald Leader)
We proceeded to cut the body of the horse in half to prepare the inside to receive the solid stainless steel armature being fabricated as the new internal structure.
"Because the support leg had been cast so thick (and in a brass alloy), it had to be recast so a 3-inch solid stainless steel bar could fit inside. Then the horse had to be put back together, and many of its original welds had to be redone and ground smooth." (Lexington Herald Leader)
We use pure garnet abrasive for sandblasting, typically an 80 grit. Pure garnet abrasive is environmentally and health safe, as it contains no heavy metals, it is low dusting for minimal residue, and is silica free. Please click here to read more about the many benefits of using pure garnet as a blasting medium.
Welding the new solid stainless steel armature for the Flying Horse of Gansu.
"The good news: The horse won't fall over again, that's for sure. Thanks to a new internal skeleton of stainless steel, the flying horse's one grounded leg can easily withstand the test of time, not to mention illicit midnight rides by drunken frat boys." (Lexington Herald Leader)
The new leg has been cast in bronze, the new structural armature is in place, the Flying Horse is welded, fit, and sandblasted. Now it is time for the patina.
Brad inspecting the Flying Horse and installing the anchor posts.
Reinstalling the repaired and restored monument.
*The Lexington Herald Leader, columnist Tom Eblen, October 10, 2008, article Time, Money Heal Horse