New and Exciting Challenge
Update 2017 – Project Successfully Completed with Surprises!
Arts Management Services has been asked to restore this Japanese fountain to its original 1929 look.
The fountain is part of one of the most important properties in the history of U.S. diplomacy.
Built in 1929, it’s among the first residences specifically built as a U.S. ambassador’s home. This is where, at the end of World War II, Emperor Hirohito met with General Douglas MacArthur and renounced his divinity, forever altering the influence of Japan’s imperial family. Apart from historical significance, this quiet residence with its spacious garden sits in the heart of busy Tokyo.
The large circular fountain pool is lined with a distinctive pattern of colorful tile that shimmers in the shallow water. The central bronze urn is believed to have come from an ancient royal temple where large vessels, usually made of wood, catch and conserve rainwater. Its surface is beautifully aged with brilliant shades of orange and green patina.
Now it needs some TLC.
The best part about this project is all the fascinating adventures and knowledge in store as I assemble a team of experts to tackle many challenges. I’ll be talking to Japanese artisans to create matching tile, engineers experienced with repairing concrete tunnels damaged by seismic events – Tokyo averages 6 tremors per year – and with plumbers about an unusual way of replacing underground pipe by boring through the soil using water pressure.
Once all the estimates are gathered and final decisions made, we’ll assemble materials, people and equipment for what looks to be a 2-3 week project scheduled for April or May.
While the project proceeds I’ll be stopping briefly along the way to create short videos of the special people involved and the unusual things they’re doing!
- Related Projects:
- Art Restoration at the US Consulate in Istanbul
- Art Conservation of the World’s Tallest Buddha
- Sculpture Repair at the Winfield House
- Sculpture Installation at the US Embassy in Athens
- Art Repair at the Denver International Airport