Terracotta Restoration: Triglav

Triglav (tree headed) is a deity in the Scandinavian mythology. He is usually depicted as a man with three heads, each one representing one of his kingdoms,  the sky, the earth, and the underworld.

This one, created in Terracotta by the Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek, was exposed to the high humidity Florida environment for several years. Lichens and mold had started to grow deep into the terracotta and some disintegration of the substrate was incipient. The Albin Polasek Museum, in Winterpark (FL),  gave us the opportunity to work again in a terracotta restoration project.

The treatment applied to accomplish the terracotta restoration consisted in deep cleaning of the surface, consolidation and reconstruction of the missing parts. Some inpainting was also necessary to match the coloration of the terracotta to the putty used to fill in the lost parts.