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Saint Francis of the Guns

Beniamino Bufano created Saint Francis of the Guns, a nearly -foot-tall metal sculpture of the robed Catholic saint, St. Francis of Assisi, with his arms spread in a peaceful greeting. On the lower torso, a mosaic depicts four assassinated American leaders (John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr.,

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Orgyen Marble Lion

ARG Conservation Services was contacted by Ogyen Dorje Den Tibetan Buddhist temple in December 2015, to propose a conservation treatment for the lion sculpture seated on the right side of the main entry, located at 2244 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. The marble lion is one of two that

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Mermaid

The Mermaid, a painted steel and reinforced cast concrete sculpture by renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, was installed in 1979 in front of the Jackie Gleason Theatre at the Miami Beach Conference Center. The sculpture depicts a reclining mermaid with adjoining clouds supported by sun rays. The sculpture sits in

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Sea Change

Mark di Suvero is an American abstract expressionist sculptor born in Shanghai, China in 1933. He came to the United States in 1941, and his first port of entry in the United States was San Francisco’s Pier 40. His sculptures are mainly built from indus-trial I-beams that are welded and

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San Francisco Zoo Bronzes

Los Angeles-based sculptor, Gwynn Murrill is known for her talent in portraying the primal essence of her animal subjects. While doing away with details that are not necessary to perceive the creatures, Murrill leaves no doubt about the animals she portrays. Working in wood and marble at the beginning of

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Bufano “Hand of Peace”

The initial assessment of the sculpture of Beniamino Bufano’s “Hand of Peace” was performed in September 2014, during the final stages its installation at Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. Conservators discovered corrosion at metal joints and seams, abrasions and scratches on the lower base, deteriorated patina, loss of screws securing joints,

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Native Sons Monument

The Native Sons Monument, by Douglas Tilden, was unveiled on September 5, 1897 to commemorate California's admission into the Union. The angel that stands at the top of the monument holds an open book, inscribed with the date that California was granted its statehood: September 9, 1850. ARG Conservation Services (ARG/CS)

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Bufano “Peace”

The thirty-eight-foot-tall Peace sculpture was designed by artist Beniamino Bufano in 1938 and 1939. The stainless-steel missile-shaped Madonna figure includes a central glass tile mosaic inlay depicting the Universal Child. It was originally located at the San Francisco Airport before being moved to its current location on Brotherhood Way in

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Bufano “Madonna”

Beniamino Bufano was a renowned local figure in the San Francisco Bay Area, famous for being politically outspoken and artistically creative. Born in 1889 and spending his youth in New York as an immigrant from San-Fele, Italy, Bufano traveled the world before settling in San Francisco. Here he was commissioned

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Alcatraz Eagle

The Alcatraz Eagle sculptural bas relief is located above the central entrance of the south elevation of the main prison building on Alcatraz Island. The Eagle was part of the original plan for the prison, designed by Maj. Reuben B. Turner and built between 1910 and 1912. The bas relief

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Vikingsholm

Located on Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, Vikingsholm is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western region and, with historic details including hand-crafted iron work and a sod roof, harks back to medieval times in its design. Built by the Knight family starting in 1928, the building

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