Scott M. Haskins is an expert mural restorer/conservator: Just got a call from an organization to save an important mural from demolition in London, England. They’ve asked me to be the trouble shooter for the removal of the mural from a building about to be demolished in Hyde Park. The reason they call me is because not only do they want it removed… they want it removed safely and according to art conservation standards.
I’m not sure if I’m just going just to do some tests and present my findings at a meeting or if I’ll be there for a couple of weeks, to stand in front of the wreaking ball and get the mural off the wall!
Depart tomorrow, Wed. Meeting the afternoon, on Thurs. Stay tuned… I’ll be reporting in. Here’s what the mural looks like:
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I got the call on Tues. in Santa Barbara, CA to be in London, England for a Thurs morning meeting. I got there on time and they asked me to inspect the mural. After about 30 minutes of looking around I determined that the mural could be removed safely.
“OK, then, get it off!” they said. “When?” I asked… “Now. The wrecking ball comes in on Monday morning”! “Now? I don’t have equipment, supplies, a hotel reservation… I have my return flight this evening!” “Well, if you want it off, this is your chance.”
So, here’s the video of taking it off the wall:
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