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Pro Hart sculptures come back to life

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

Operations manager Chris Adams has been painting Pro Hart’s sculptures in Wyman Street in their original colours. PICTURE: Myles Burt Operations manager Chris Adams has been painting Pro Hart’s sculptures in Wyman Street in their original colours. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

A Pro Hart sculpture across the road from the Wyman Street Gallery has had its true colours restored with the sculpture representing Galena crystals given a yellow coat of paint. 

Pro Hart Gallery manager John Hart said all the sculptures over the road will also be restored. 

John said why his father Pro decided to paint them black remained a mystery.

“None of them were originally jet black, so we decided to bring them back to how they originally were,” he said.

“The black just kills all depth perception and it was just impossible to really see what it was.”

The repainting came about during maintenance of the sculptures which have become rusted by water.

“One of them was really badly rusted and we actually had to replace entire sections because they had rusted through,” John said.

“Pro never thought too much about longevity when he made stuff - he sort of just made it and that was it.

“That’s what most artists do, they leave the problems to the curators afterwards.”

The sculptures have had parts replaced with new steel, and been coated in water-resistant sealant and fresh paint. Most of the damage came about due to the lack of drainage holes, allowing water to pool, according to John. 

Operations manager Chris Adams has been in charge of the restoration, and has been keeping the sculptures maintained over the last few years. 

Mr Adams said it’s been good to bring back the colour that was hiding underneath the black. 

He said Raylee Hart had given her tick of approval.

“We sent her some pictures the other day and she was really rapt,” Mr Adams said.

“She said ‘they’ve come back to life again!’”

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