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Artists Restore Famous War Memorial
(WJZ) Baltimore, MD
Efforts are underway to conserve a famous mural in downtown Baltimore's War Memorial Building.
The 12 foot tall, 90 foot wide mural depicts war weary soldiers returning from battle. It was painted in 1927 by R. McGill McCall, a Baltimore artist and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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Now, a team of artists and conservators from Thomas Moore Studios are giving the memorial a face lift, repairing damage and touching up the details.
The project began as a ceiling repair, but soon spread to a full-fledged restoration project.
"It's been very rewarding. The mural was very dirty and damaged. It's a beautiful painting and we've been able to recover it...and bring out what the artist intended, we hope," Wendy Samet of Thomas Moore Studios told WJZ's Ron Matz.
Conservators are using cotton swabs to remove the grime and clean the surface. Restoration will take four weeks. Once completed, it is expected to last at least fifty years.
Thomas Moore Studios has done restoration work in a number of famous buildings, including The U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, and Bank of America building in Baltimore.
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