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Australia : BMT Helps Restore Ik Ook Sculpture.

BMT WBM Pty Ltd (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced its partnership with the National Gallery of Australia to provide specialist structural engineering services for the dismantlement, restoration and re-establishment of the Ik Ook Sculpture.

Created by the artist, Mark Di Suvero, Ik Ook is an abstract expressionist sculpture which was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia in 1979 and has retained its status as a key piece within the National Gallery s permanent collection. Due to the weathering effects of the local Canberra environment, the sculpture has aged and to avoid further deterioration, the National Gallery turned to BMT WBM to support its conservation maintenance programme and help restore the sculpture to its former glory.

Nick Hubbard, Engineer at BMT WBM comments: Following a first inspection late last year we found that the natural water run-off within the sculpture garden had caused damage to the submerged footings. In addition, the original steel wire ropes, used to suspend the sculpture had reached their end of life. The decision was then made to repair the damage and replace the steel wire ropes to ensure the ongoing structural stability of the sculpture.

As part of the restoration process BMT WBM redesigned new footings for the sculpture which had corroded away. The sculpture will sit on newly designed foundations 100mm above the ground, no longer being exposed to water run-off from the surrounding gardens. This will help to significantly extend the life of the sculpture and ensure that Ik Ook can continue to be appreciated by gallery visitors for decades to come.

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Date:Apr 26, 2014
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