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BUCCACIO SCULPTURE SERVICES LLC Bronze Sculpture and Monument Restoration and Conservation Specialists


Restoration to Bronze Monuments and Maintenance

Jeff Buccacio, owner of Buccacio Sculpture Services LLC, is a well known Sculptor, Restoration specialist and Foundry owner in the greater New England area.  Much respected for his knowledge of the care of bronze sculpture. Jeff has over 25 years experience in the Art of Bronze Patination and the Science of Fine Art Conservation.

Jeff Buccacio has professional personal experience in the technical preservation of outdoor bronze sculpture by means of inspection, analysis, and maintenance procedures. The sealing of patinas on bronze statuary is the key for protection from both indoor and outdoor environmental contaminants. As a conservator, Jeff understands the deterioration process of the patinaed surface of bronze as well as of the bronze itself, if left unprotected for an extended period of time.

 

Conservation of Outdoor Sculpture

Most people see older bronzes in parks, public plazas, cemeteries, etc., and think that they will last forever because, after all, they are made of bronze! This is an unfortunate misconception regarding what is, in fact, a delicate metal alloy, composed primarily of the soft metal, copper. The survival of bronze sculpture placed outdoors, new or old, depends on many factors based on  basic quality of construction, exposure and reaction to its environment, and any maintenance that its surface obtains. Another factor that can affect the longevity of bronze is human contact, which can be much more devastating and damaging than the three previously mentioned components, especially if left unattended.

 

View more complete restorations by Buccacio Sculpture Services LLC at: https://buccaciosculptureservices.com/portfolio/sculpture-restorations/

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Buccacio Sculpture Services Restoration to General Burnside Monument
Providence, Rhode Island

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Buccacio Sculpture Services sandblasts the heavily corroded lime green color on General Burnside Monument in Providence , Rhode Island

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Buccacio Sculpture Services complete Restoration to General Burnside Monument in Providence, RI

 

Conservation of Indoor Sculpture

Bronze sculpture placed in an indoor setting is usually far less apt to acquire as severe of damage as those placed outdoors. In many cases, the steps required in protecting and preserving indoor art works are no more than adhering to a basic maintenance program of simple surface cleaning and light waxing. One of the best ways to protect and preserve your fine art cast and/or fabricated in bronze is by means of continuous and ongoing surface maintenance. When foreign coloration appears on bronze sculpture, say in the form of blue green streaking and/or patches or whitish green speckles, these are signs of reactions to chemical and/or elemental contamination. If left unattended, this damage can cause instability, irreplaceable loss, and potentially devalue these expensive art forms. In order to prolong the stability and beauty of these artistic metal objects, it is best to protect and thus preserve them using basic conservation techniques.

Buccacio Sculpture Services restoration process allows for lasting beauty and therefore appreciation of these fine art pieces for years to come. Recommended maintenance procedures are usually carried out on a yearly basis. If budget allows, the ideal program would be twice a year in early spring and again during the autumn months prior to deep freezing. However, performing maintenance programs once a year suffices in most cases.

 If you would like to contact Jeff Buccacio for your conservation, restoration and /or maintenance needs, please feel free to contact him: https://buccaciosculptureservices.com/contact/


 

Buccacio Sculpture Services also offers restoration and conservation to many other types of material such as zinc, plaster, fiberglass, cast-iron and more.

Below are a few examples from the most delicate museum quality plaster to heavy cast-iron.

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Plaster cast restoration to DALIN INDIAN CHIEF BUST 1929

Diana & Stag - Sculpture Restorations & Conservation

Buccacio Sculpture Services restores cast zinc, a turn of the century made material

Claflin Fountain - Buccacio Sculpture Restorations & Conservation

Buccacio Sculpture Services performed a complete Fountain Restoration on this 7,500 pound, cast-iron fountain in Hopkinton, MA (BEFORE)

 

Claflin Fountain - Buccacio Sculpture Restorations & Conservation

Buccacio Sculpture Services sculpts and molds missing pieces to Claflin Fountain in Hopkinton, MA

 

Claflin Fountain - Buccacio Sculpture Restorations & Conservation

 

Claflin Fountain - Buccacio Sculpture Restorations & Conservation

Buccacio Sculpture complete cast-iron fountain restoration with newly installed fountain pump system and English garden design. (AFTER)

 

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