SPARC’s MURAL RESCUE PROGRAM has been working to preserve, conserve, and restore murals (both painted and digital) that have been painted or printed on substrates and walls built in the public environment. Developed by Judy Baca and the SPARC Mural Rescue team, SPARC’s MuralShield* has innovated a response to this growing need.
SPARC’s MuralShield* has advanced the consolidation techniques developed by conservationists to become more compatible with acrylic on concrete murals and refined chemically the sacrificial coatings used for graffiti removal with hot water. SPARC was the first to test and employ the sacrificial coatings with hot water removal in the production of murals co-sponsored with City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. SPARC has experimented by successfully employing new biodegradable substrates and inks for large scale prints and have also developed on-screen painting techniques. The digital mural has eliminated the need for expensive restoration on these new works and has become an option for effective removal and replacement of lost works. SPARC currently distributes the chemicals for restorations nationally and also can produce large-scale prints for any artistic production.
Our procedures meet the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Standards and Practices and are defined as follows:
a. Restoration: as traditionally practiced, focuses its efforts upon returning an object or work of art to the objects original aesthetic state, an assumed condition, or an earlier appearance.
b. Preservation/Stabilization: Measures employed to slow active deterioration and ultimate loss of an artifact or artifact component.
c. Conservation: focuses on the stabilization and preservation of an object using preventative measures to inhibit on-going or future deterioration of the object or its components. This is accomplished by selecting methods and materials that do not adversely affect the artistic objects´ original materials and are reversible. Conservation efforts may but do not always include aesthetic recovery.
685 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291