EINSTEIN MEMORIAL

Location: Washington, DC
Client: National Academy of Sciences
Completed: 2007
Type: Conservation Treatment

When one of the Norwegian Emerald Pearl Granite pavers on the base of The Einstein Memorial cracked, JMA Preservation was hired to perform a conservation assessment. JMA Preservation performed the necessary treatments to clean and stabilize the monument’s stone base. Work included installation of new sealant at all true and false joints in the decorative paving. Pavers were re-supported at their perimeter edge with non-corrosive shims and the cracked paver received new custom stainless steel supports that were reset in its precise original position on a new mortar bed.

Two years later, JMA Preservation was again contracted to perform conservation treatment of the bronze statue of Einstein. Working in collaboration with McKay Lodge Conservation, the team performed micro-abrasive cleaning & chemical repatination of the bronze surfaces. The statue was carefully buffed and rubbed to recreate the original appearance conforming to the artists’ intent and finished with a microcrystalline wax.