Restoring Art Done Right - Speaking of Chemistry Ep.6

Restoring Art Done Right – Speaking of Chemistry Ep.6



works of art can take years to make in just a few seconds to deface but there's a way to get rid of graffiti while saving the masterpiece will show you hi everyone Sofia here Mark Rothko's masterpiece black on maroon is on display at the Tate Modern Art Gallery in the UK but in 2012 it was taken down when a visitor tagged it with his own name and the name of his so-called movement the Vandal got himself two years in jail on the bright side spray-painting the art sparked a massive collaboration to restore the masterpiece removing only the offending graffiti and leaving the original acrylic paint intact is way easier said than done so take conservation experts Bronwyn Ormsby and Rachel Barker got a little help from their chemist friends because you can't just spray cleaner on priceless art enter Mindy Keith a big fan of art conservation who just so happens to work in Dow Chemicals research lab for coatings her team at Dow ended up designing a cleaner specifically for the Rothko they use some of his practice paintings to get an idea of the layering techniques and a sample of the ink they were trying to remove they conducted tests to determine what's called the Hansen solubility parameters of the paint's it's a calculation that follows the old chemistry adage of like dissolves like what they wanted was a solvent that would soak up the graffiti ink but leave the original paint unscathed Keef brought that tate experts 16 different chemical candidates that the team thought would work best forms bian barker did some of their own tests with these and other solvents on Rothko replicas and practice canvases what they finally decided on was a one-to-one ratio of ethyl lactate and benzyl alcohol they painstakingly remove the graffiti bit by bit having to modify their methods for the black and maroon parts of the painting 18 months after the saga began the Rothko went back on display all cleaned up that's all for speaking of chemistry you can find out more at speaking of chemistry org speak your mind down below and don't forget to subscribe and share

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