Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

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Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby swamper on Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:36 pm

I'm glad we have preserved this Town treasure!

Wamesit Indian statue restored

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By Jon Bishop Crier Correspondent | 0 comments

TEWKSBURY—The Wamesit Indian Statue restoration project has been completed, bringing the landmark back to mint condition, after enduring acid rain Last May, Tewksbury residents approved the appropriation of $7,500 Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds at Town Meeting. The Tewksbury Cultural Council donated an additional $500.

The statue is one of acclaimed sculptor, and Tewksbury resident, Mico Kaufman’s works. It was created in 1989, and it is considered a significant historic resource. The restoration process included a soft walnut shell blast, the removal of corrosion, the replacement of the bronze patina, and the addition of protective coating.

According to Nancy Reed, a member of the Planning Board and chair of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the town utilized the services of Robert Shure of Skylight Studios, which is located in Woburn.

In comments obtained by the Crier, he described the process in greater detail:

In order to restore the sculpture, we would set up and strip the surface down with a mild walnut shell blasting. This would remove all the corrosion so that we could reapply a hot patina. This is done with a heat torch and successive applications of a patina chemical. This process would restore the rich look of the bronze. When complete, we would apply a coating of incralac and wax which will protect the newly restored finish.

The total cost for the restoration would be $6800.

Reed said that the project was completed a few weeks ago. She was pleased.

“I’m really happy about it,” she said. “I’m really happy this is done.”

Kaufman is a renowned artist. According to his website, he is the only American sculptor who has been commissioned to do four presidential medals.
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby bferrari on Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:12 am

A fantastic use of the CPA funds and such a worthwhile effort.

I think after so many years of environmental abuse, I could use a walnut blast down myself.... :D
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby swamper on Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:18 pm

In addition....looking forward to the re-landscaping of that entire island surrounding the statue using mitigation funds from Walmart thanks to Mrs. Reed.
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby Clorox on Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:37 pm

confusion here. it is okay to accept mitigation funds from walmart a busines that provides only low wage jobs, traffic and puts a strain on our police force but the slots mitigation money was somehow considered unacceptable???????

it is good the statue is restored and this is an exampel of what mitigation funds could have broughten us
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby swamper on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:56 pm

Just an FYI....these mitigation funds had been secured from when Walmart wanted to do their expansion a few years back. They also funded our banners on Town Common. Probably wouldn't have gotten anything if it weren't for Mrs. Reed pushing and doing all the leg work to make it happen. The Casino was not Planning Board deferred, it was a Selectmen initiative.
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby Clorox on Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:03 am

thank you for the information tho not clear why planning board versis slectman matters but having a better statue helps
any idea what happened to the tewksbury sign at cracker barrel? it is gone. ist being fxd?
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Re: Mico Kaufman Statue Restored

Postby swamper on Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:54 am

The difference is that the Planning Board have more expertise in negotiation/mitigation measures having dealt with these types of issues all the time, the BOS do note. Sorry....don't know about the missing sign.
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