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Historic Murals With American (Human) Values… Restoring art with a social conscience.


I’ve been doing mural conservation since 1975 and got my start in Italy. Since then, I have enjoyed working on wonderful historic and artistic murals in historic buildings and public places all over the United States and internationally. I love a good road trip and legislation about the transportation of toxic materials over the years has turned many of my travels into road trips in my car in order to transport all the supplies for these public art restoration projects.

My current road trip across the southern part of the western United States from the Pacific coast to Houston have brought to mind a couple of historic murals that I know intimately with wonderful, patriotic and humanistic themes:

Last night I stayed in El Paso, Texas where you can see Juarez, Mexico on the other side of the freeway. We recently worked on a mural painted by an Austrian prisoner of war (held on the military base) who loved the United States and painted at Ft. Bliss a mural of “One Nation Indivisible With Liberty and Justice For All.”An ideal to be held in the heart of every generation. He obviously had compelling examples as a past conscript in the Nazi military and obviously did not take for granted personal freedom.

This was the artwork with the worst flaking paint I have ever seen in my career.

 

The mural preservation and art restoration project that has me traversing the US on Interstate 10 on this trip is public art painted by, perhaps, America’s most noteworthy black artist and it too has a wonderful and compelling message. It is located and I’ll be working in Houston, Texas.

The message of the mural proclaims the importance of the “Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education.”It honors mothers in society and the foundational importance of values and love they provide. The mural is located at the Blue Trianagle Community Center in the 3rd Ward and was painted by John Biggers in 1953.

“Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education.”

These are two wonderful messages celebrated uniquely in our country. Though not perfect, God bless America. God bless our citizens and our government to fight for liberty and justice for all. God bless the negro mothers, and mothers of all races, to be the foundation of our society in teaching values and love and making for strong families. God bless these artists who had the inspiration to document and promote our heritage and to give us a legacy to hold onto to and a hopeful future to aspire to.

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Stay tuned for the blog post on the very interesting preservation processes of rescuing this iconic National Treasure mural by John Biggers after it was eaten alive by a forest of mold as a result of a hurricane.

Questions: Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro Art Conservators. 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

Thank you to art conservator Julie Stephenson who collaborated on this project in Houston.

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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the “Save Your Stuff” series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/

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15 Responses to Historic Murals With American (Human) Values… Restoring art with a social conscience.

  1. julie cleb says:

    WOW you are a very busy person to begin with and now about to get busier. You’ve got this Scott! Yo da man!

  2. Scott M. Haskins says:

    This next week I’ll post again about the work we’re doing in Houston on the John Biggers mural. Its a very cool project.

  3. Scott M. Haskins says:

    Thanks Be. Stay in touch. TTYS

  4. Scott M. Haskins says:

    Hey Suzie, we will only be here for two weeks so we’ll be gone before the heat hits. We are working in the South East part of town by TSU. Thanks for connecting.

  5. Suzie Bowser says:

    Fascinating work you do Scott! Houston is my old stomping grounds. Do you think you’ll be through with that work before it starts getting hot cuz the humidity is pretty intense sometimes.

  6. cecil kleinhans says:

    WOW, THAT IS SO EXCITING !

  7. Summer Bowman says:

    Great parallels of the messages. I agree, they are importune to re-tell and confirm for the public. Thanks!

  8. Be Strong says:

    Beautiful Scott, loved the stories.

  9. Benta says:

    Beautiful Scott, what great info you provide. Your postings are always the most interesting news that comes my way. Thanks!

  10. Maddie Henckel says:

    Please keep posting the new mural conservation projects you get involved with. Soooo interesting!! Congrats FACL!

  11. Bettina Strunk says:

    Yes!!!! I love these postings.

  12. Scott M. Haskins says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment Celine. I love these road trips.

  13. Scott M. Haskins says:

    I’ll let you know bobbie. Thanks for the invite.

  14. Celine says:

    Awesome photos…thanks for the updates throughout the day! Glad you are safe and ready to rock!

  15. Bobbie Struble says:

    I love these pictures! Call me if you come through El Paso again ….my husband wants to meet you!

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