Historic patina was deliberately preserved
During its six-month beauty treatment, the primary goal was not to restore the "old luster" of the statue as well as the pedestal. Rather, the goal was to remove the damaging layers of dirt, but to preserve the historic patina. The restorers also replaced loose repairs from the first restoration in the mid-1960s and closed open joints and seams on the figure.
The fact that Beethoven now appears to be completely renewed is thanks to a layer of microcrystalline wax. In the years to come, this will ensure that rain and snow roll off better and that dirt and water can no longer settle so quickly in the deeper areas. In addition, it will now be examined every two years as part of a monitoring program in order to protect the bronze from renewed damage in the future through consistent control and care.
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