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SCULPTURE MAINTENANCE

Your BATANAI African Art sculptures generally do not require regular maintenance but here are some things to consider:

STONE

Over a period of time all polished sculptures will become dull and loose their shine. Use a top quality furniture (eg a spray polish) applied to a cloth and carefully apply the polish using the cloth. Do not spray the polish onto the stone. Unpolished surfaces can be cleaned with a soft brush (like a toothbrush) using a mild solution of soap and water, followed by clean water.

STONE ART PLACED OUTSIDE

In warmer climates there are generally no problems associated with having stone sculptures outdoors, but regular re-polishing is essential.

For colder climates we recommend that the sculpture be fully polished with a heavy duty wax such as beeswax as the wax polish repels moisture. Remember that all stone will wear in the rigours of rain and frost, so polishing is very important.

WOOD

At BATANAI we place wood ccarvings in storage for up to 4 years, to allow the wood to stabilise and become thoroughly dry, with an RH of less than 4%.

Most BATANAI wood carvings, particularly those made from Ironwood, are treated with TUNG OIL. This is a natural oil that protects the wood from moisture penetration and prevents cracks, particularly in centrally heated envorinments. TUNG OIL is FDA approved and is safe for food items such as salad bowls and spoons.

Generally a simple dusting will restore the finish. If you want to re-shine the wood, then use TUNG OIL (also called DANISH OIL) but apply carefully (a soft toothbrush is ideal). For a matt finish, let the oil become almost dry then rebrush with a clean brush.

 

POSITIONING A SCULPTURE

Preferably use natural lighting from a window or skylight. You can also use artificial lighting from a  lamp, but first test various lighting angles to see which shows off the natural colour and shape the best.

A sculpture's lines, form, size and shape can be enhanced by the correct placement. Ensure that the correct background complements the colour and shape of the sculpture and the play of light and shadow over a sculpture brings out it's natural beauty.

In the garden, placement of a sculpture next to a water feature, speciality plants, garden path or entrance to your home are all good places to have beautiful art.

In the office, we recommend placement in the reception area for maximum exposure, entrance to a boardroom/conference room, or on a desk.
Always take into account the weight of the sculpture when placing it on a patio, shelf and table. Ensure that the support is strong enough for the sculpture.

IF YOUR ARTPIECE IS DAMAGED

Send us an email telling us what happened. If possible include a photo. We will send you advice on how best to go about repairing any damage.