Angel of Grief at Stanford University
The Stanford University grounds include an area of memorials for the Stanford Family, its founders.
Over the years vandals took possession of the original arm of the angel, also damaging the fingers and the wings. An earlier restoration was damaged as well through the removal of a replacement arm yet again.
The restoration of the sculpture included a thorough documentation of the damage, cleaning and reshapung of all broken areas to support attachment of the new replacement pieces. This process included carving of clean cut surfaces and delicate drilling of dowel holes. After that, models needed to be created right on the sculpture to ensure matching dimensions and looks. Original photographs assisted with the design.