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Protection of bronze monuments in the changing environment

Coordinator of the project: Institute for the protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (Slovenia).

Partner organisations:  InnoRenew CoE Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (Slovenia); Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (Slovenia).

Project Summary

The project aims to a holistic approach in the care for bronze cultural heritage objects. The progress beyond the state of the art will therefore bring original results in scientific as well as social aspects, such as advanced and effective monitoring system, new databases, correlations of corrosion development in the changing climate, effective and tailored protection systems for outdoor bronze objects, advanced ICT tools, and new social mechanisms in order to include society in the care of cultural heritage. Each of these results will impact the development of science. The new protective systems will greatly influence the development of restoration/conservation and preventive conservation scientific fields, as they will be tailored according to the composition of the objects, including the presence of patinas, as well as to their exposure in the specific polluted environment. The proposed tailored protection systems for outdoor bronze objects against environmental factors in different climatic conditions is not described in neither scientific nor technical literature, what increase the importance and the novelty of the results of the project. The results will be patentable and publishable in scientific high-impact journals. Furthermore, the new guidelines for the use of the developed protection coatings will influence conservation/restoration, conservation science and preventive conservation fields. All these will fundamentally influence the development of the Technical Art History field.

»InnoRenew CoE main activities in the project«

To develop better understand the corrosion process of bronze monuments exposed to external weather conditions by developing dose-response model of degradation. The set of data required will be collected during the experimental campaign where four monuments will be monitored by especially designed set of sensors. The second objective is to develop IT tools supporting engagement of the public to bronze monuments deteriorations by reporting any damage observed. This will allow better protection of monuments, but also understanding of the visitors preferences and behaviours.