Saturday, January 06, 2007

This is the first stage in the restoration process at St. Bernard's Church, Keene. What you are seeing is the removal of two layers of wall paint which the church used back in the 50's or 60's (the date when the church covered over the mural is unclear) to cover the mural. The paint did not adhear very well to the artwork in general, however there were areas which did adhear well and it was extremely difficult to take the paint off without damaging, or in some cases, remove the artwork with the wall paint. This stage of the process took three men about 500 hrs.