The LATAM International Course on Stone Conservation: Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis recently concluded in Mexico. During the three-week course, eleven participants from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Mexico had practical and theoretical sessions at the archaeological site of Tula and in Mexico City.
The first week was devoted to a detailed observation of case-studies at Tula, where participants applied the Objective Visual Observation (OVO) method. During the second week, they used a variety of documentation methods. The last week was devoted to additional archival and laboratory research, in order to synthesize all of the information and prepare a diagnosis and condition assessment of the case studies. Participants also shared their own experiences by presenting case studies from their home countries.
On Thursday 2 July, twenty mid-career professionals completed their training at the joint ICCROM-Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) course focusing on theoretical and practical aspects of stone conservation.
The Stone Course participants spent approximately 720 hours learning about stone characterization, consolidation, conservation, structural repair, graffiti removal and non-destructive analytical techniques. In addition, over 40 worldwide experts provided multiple inputs and teaching approaches.
As we move into the seventh week of the International Course on Stone Conservation, participants are spending more time together, extending their knowledge and strengthening new friendships. They are currently travelling through Italy, visiting the World Heritage sites of Florence, Pisa, Parma and Venice. They have studied traditional carving techniques at a sculpture studio in Carrara and visited the marble quarries there, and they have had the chance to see ongoing conservation projects at Pisa and the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Another highlight was the two days of hands-on activities at the conservation studio of Stefano Volta in Collecchio, near Parma, where participants tested cleaning and pre-consolidation treatments on different stone types, and carried out pinning and gluing of broken stone.
In the previous weeks, participants were taken to exclusive places in Rome such as the Vatican Laboratories and Papal Gardens, as well as the conservation site at Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, where they looked at conservation issues posed by humidity with professor Ippolito Massari and conservator Werner Schmidt. Continue reading…
Another stone course? What’s new? What’s different?
For the nineteenth time since 1976 a group of mid-career professionals from 20 different countries are gathering for the International Course on Stone Conservation co-organized by ICCROM in partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute. The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome will be hosting the field activities throughout the course and YoCoCu will provide assistance during lab exercises.
Thirty-two lecturers from universities, museums, national cultural organizations and conservation practices all over the world have been selected to offer the best possible training in the field. The ICCROM-Getty team will be running the course together for the fourth time now, with ICCROM Consultant Simon Warrack and GCI Project Specialist Benjamin Marcus acting as course coordinators.
We received over ninety applications and it is a tough job to select 20 from so many enthusiastic and competent applicants. The participants are the life blood of the course and it is they who benefit from not only the training but the shared work and life experience from all over the world. They will take this new knowledge back to their countries to share with their colleagues and students.Continue reading…
Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (Mexico City)
Background and course objectives
Under the LATAM-ICCROM programme for the conservation of cultural heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean, a series of activities have been proposed for the conservation of stone-based heritage.
In 2013, a survey was conducted in order to understand the wide variety of interests and concerns related with stone conservation within the region.
In November 2013, a first seminar on stone conservation was organized in Mexico City, with the participation of conservation professionals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Italy and Mexico. This seminar identified a number of activities responding to current needs for stone conservation in the region. The two most important areas discussed were the urgent need for seminars, allowing discussion and exchange between professionals involved in this field, and the development of training activities dealing with various aspects of stone conservation.
To address the lack of opportunities for professional exchange, a symposium on “Documentation, Diagnosis and Conservation of Wall Painting, Stucco, Stone and Rock Art” was held from 25 to 28 November 2014 at the CNCPC. This symposium provided a broad overview of conservation projects, with the valuable participation of an international group of conservation professionals. Continue reading…
In many regions of the world stone was historically the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. Accordingly, the conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments present challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. Continue reading…