Cezary Michno

Conservation of concrete sculptures Uprooted from the NN series, by Władysław Hasior, Zakopane, 1968

The objective of the conservation activities of my degree piece was the consolidation of the historic substance of objects. Undertaking conservation work was necessary to save the sculptures because their condition deteriorated. Conservation works were aimed at stopping the disintegration process by removing chemical and biological deposits. In order to maintain the good condition of sculptures for as long as possible in extreme external conditions, I decided to carry out structural vacuum reinforcement. Preserved iconographic materials allowed an attempt to recreate the disintegrated parts of the sculptures and restore their original appearance.

The conservation of Władysław Hasior’s sculptures was quite a challenge for me. The sculptures were in a very bad condition. They were made in an innovative technique, from a material difficult to maintain. This fact required me to broaden knowledge in the field of concrete preservation and issues related to the conservation of contemporary art. Considerable size of the sculptures and their weight caused that each of the carried out conservation processes was additionally complicated. I hope that I have fully met this difficult challenge and the results of my work will be seen in Zakopane.

(born 1990)
Studies at the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art (2011-2018) and Teachers’ College (2014-2016) of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He works in conservation and restoration of works of art and sculpture. He participated in works of many conservation teams, including the collegiate church of St. Lawrence in Zhovkva (Ukraine, 2012-2013), in Bremen and Siegburg (Germany, 2015); at the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw (2016); in Warsaw churches: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph the Spouse (2017), Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bielany (2017-2018), the Most Holy Savior (2018). Honourable mention at the 8th National Sculpture in Wood Biennial, Zakopane (2009).