Neptune Fountain, Dolní square, Olomouc, Czech Republic

The aim of the project was to completely restore the Neptune Fountain located in the Dolní Square of the town of Olomouc. The Baroque monument is one of the unique set of six fountains, most of which are found in the historic centre of the town. The fountain bearing the statue of Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman mythology, was the first of the six to be built – in 1683.
Restoration work involved both renovation of the Baroque statue and repairs to the water basin. All work was preceded by research, such as taking of samples, their analysis and testing of cleaning techniques and was subsequently carried out in accordance with the Act on the State Preservation of Historic Monuments.

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Bílek Wall, Cemetery complex, Poděbrady, Czech Republic

The cemetery complex in the spa town of Poděbrady has been neglected for many years. Its north wall was designed by the architect J. Fanta and the sculptor F. Bílek in the Art Nouveau style and built in the years 1902 and 1903. The wall bears 42 stone medallions with bas-reliefs depicting religious motifs and with sgraffito inscriptions.
The wall was found to be in a derelict state. Its decay was aggravated by the nearby busy road as well as the overgrown vegetation. The wall was last repaired in 1971. Thirty years later, in 2001 a complete reconstruction of the sgraffito inscription, based on the preserved fragments of the originals became necessary. Individual stone medallions had to be removed from the wall and restored in a workshop. The task was a demanding one, both from a technical and a restoration point of view. Because of the skill levels required and due to the artistic value of the medallions, restorers with many years of experience took part in the work.

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