Upper Iowa University | Fayette, Iowa
In the early ’90s, Max-Cast replicated this heroic scale 1902 statue of David Henderson, speaker of the U.S. House, for Upper Iowa University. When workers cleaned the brickwork on the library there, they spilled TSP on it making for black streaks on its original verdigris patina.
Upper Iowa decided a warm brown patina would suit the statue better, so once the stained green was removed, a ferric patina was applied.
Gen. Samuel Curtis commanded Federal troops at the battle of Pea Ridge, AR. He also served as mayor of Keokuk, IA. The equestrian monument dates from the beginning of the last century and has suffered from vandalism and neglect.
Bit and reins were gone as well as the saber’s scabbard, stirrups and leathers. Water had condensed, pooled and frozen in the two raised legs, deforming and cracking the bronze.
Missing parts were cast or fabricated, cracks welded shut, weep holes added and corrosion removed before the piece was finally given its fresh new ferric nitrate patina.
Once all that was done, it was hauled back to Keokuk and where we helped reinstall it. While there, we refinished and re-patinaed the piece’s plaques.
Spirit of the American Doughboy was a cast zinc commercial statue installed in 1936 in Appleton, WI. It was hit by a car, badly damaged and poorly repaired. Concrete was poured into its legs leading to further freeze-thaw damage. Its copper plating made for severe pitting due to electrolysis . It took a lot of wax and bronze work to get this soldier looking his best.
Installing the finished bronze replica in Appleton.
On the left, zinc original staggering on ill restored legs. Shiny new bronze WWI soldier strides through barbed wire.
Nile Kinnick, University of Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa
We noticed this heroic statue swaying in the wind when we were cleaning and re-waxing it. The U of Iowa Engineering people were notified and they had Max-Cast reinforce the base with 3/8″ silicon bronze plate. The thin plate it stood on would eventually have fatigued and cracked. A potentially nasty incident was headed off.