A long-lost sculpture unexpectedly returns to Vassar College and is restored by Steve Tatti before reinstallation. When “Call of the Sea”—long considered lost to the college—inexplicably returned “it was a true surprise,” says James Mundy ’74, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of Vassar’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, noting that the sculpture’s guardian these past decades remains a mystery. The sculpture arrived in excellent condition, with the classic green patina of aged bronze. A pattern of discoloration about 18 inches from the base is consistent with it having been partially submerged in water or mud.
During July 2013, Steve Tatti and his staff began a complete conservation of the 1964 World’s Fair monument, Donald DeLue’s Rocket Thrower, for the Municipal Arts Society and New York City Parks Department. The ‘Launch’ of the conservation work was announced by the Municipal Arts Society of New York.
A landmark piece of art that symbolized the hope of growing children has returned to Baltimore’s McCullough Homes – one of that city’s first public housing units. Many residents rejoiced that the two beloved cast concrete figures by a gifted Baltimore sculptor, were re-cast and installed by conservator Steve Tatti.
In August, the widely read stone trades newspaper, The Slippery Rock Gazette, featured Steve Tatti’s on-going conservation work on the Baltimore Battle Monument. In an effort to preserve the sculpture and the Baltimore Battle Monument on which she stands, the city called in the help of New York art conservator Steve Tatti. Tatti has been preserving and restoring fine artwork for more than 30 years, including the regular maintenance of Baltimore’s outdoor monuments and sculptures since 1981.
Following the 2011 restoration of the 1814 Baltimore Battle Monument, Steve Tatti and his conservation crew are now moving the beloved Lady Liberty to a safe, dry harbor so she can be replaced atop the Monumental column with her stunt double. Work to commence June 2012.
In both the Architectural Record and the New York Times, check out the pictures of the beautifully restored figurative torchieres! Restored as part of the Tatti Studio’s decorative metal restoration in the ca1895 Company D & E Locker Rooms in the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue.