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Courtyard Sculptures by Michael Tuma Get Facelift

Darwin Wolf Explains Cleaning of Courtyard Sculptures

Sioux Falls sculptor, Darwin Wolf, replaced the violinist's missing bow (below) and showed NMM staff members how to properly clean and wax the Townsley Courtyard's bronze statues that were sculpted by the prominent Black Hills sculptor, Michael R. Tuma, in celebration of the South Dakota Centennial in 1989. Conservation intern, Maria Kurmanowytsch (Vienna), observed the process.

Darwin Wolf works on attaching new bow to sculpture in April Darwin Wolf attaches new bow to sculpture in April

The violinist's bow was replaced in April 2010.

Wolf touched up the violinist's bow before cleaning the sculpture Wolf works on the violinist's bow Wolf cleaned the violinist sculpture in June

Darwin Wolf touched up the violinist's bow before cleaning, lacquering, and waxing the bronze sculpture in June.

Maria Kurmanowytsch observes Wolf's cleaning efforts Wolf used soft brushes to scrub sculptures Some of Wolf's brushes were as small as toothbrushes

Wolf used soft brushes—some as small as a toothbrush—to meticulously clean the bronzes in June 2010.

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