Alexander Calder’s Octopus


Harvard University employed our services to restore this important work by Alexander Calder.  Hand Crafted by Calder himself, this sculpture had been exposed to the weather for many years, and was in poor condition.  In addition to completely disassembling the sculpture in order to protect the joint surfaces, new stainless steel nuts and bolts that looked indistinguishable from the original were manufactured in our studio.  After completely cleaning the surfaces with glass bead blasting, a three part coating system was applied.  First a high zinc content epoxy primer, followed by an epoxy sealer primer, and finally a high endurance catalyzed urethane top coat was applied.  During installation a protective zinc cathode was employed to further increase protection against corrosion.

Hot rolled steel steel,  5 ft. tall, 5 ft deep, 5 ft wide Collection Harvard University