UAP Preservation and their team of trained conservators and technicians provide a broad range of services for the care of varying artworks and collections. The team draw on the technical knowledge and skills of the broader UAP company from engineering and design to monumental casting, refinishing and multi-material fabrication capabilities. Utilizing these additional departments, UAP Preservation can address the complex problems required for collections care and management of modern and contemporary art.

With foundries and facilities in numerous locations including New York, Los Angeles, Asia, and Australia, UAP Preservation can provide the local support required for your conservation projects. Utilizing the support of our foundry and workshop resources enables UAP to provide the highest quality of preservation services for monumental and fabricated artworks including consultation and delivery of transport, installation, rigging, treatment, maintenance, and storage oversight and project delivery. Our services are informed by decades of material knowledge from our talented foundry staff and an expansive range of vendors, along with our established working relationships with a broad network of contemporary artists. We also provide a range of collections management services, from conservation management plans to condition reporting and collection assessments.

All work is undertaken with the artist’s intent prioritized, and in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Work’s (AIC) “Code of Ethics” and “Guidelines for Practice”, including thorough written and photographic documentation for all services provided.

Our Preservation team bring together talented conservators, restoration technicians and art professionals with an expansive range of fabricated art experience for your preservation projects. From designers and engineers to fine art finishers, riggers, and fabricators with decades of technical knowledge, we can provide a multilayered support system for the conservation and care of complex and monumental fabricated works. Our legacy knowledge from the Polich Tallix foundry, coupled with UAP’s state-of-the-art global facilities, ensure we can service your projects wherever they may be, with the core goal of preserving the artist's intent in line with industry-standard conservation ethics.

Sylvia Jeffries, Preservation and Special Projects


Preventive Conservation Strategies

Utilizing in-depth technical fabrication knowledge and consultancy from the workshop and broader UAP fabrication team, UAP’s Preservation department provide risk mitigation strategies through the incorporation of best practice conservation coupled with engineering, design, fabrication, and casting capabilities for preventive care solutions. Our team provides preventive conservation consultation to aid in the acquisition, installation, and de-installation, wrapping and storage of artworks.

Conservation Management Plans

A crucial part of conservation management for large-scale, multi component works and outdoor sculpture is the development of a conservation management plan. This planning utilizes values-based conservation planning methodology as set out in international benchmarks such as the ICOMOS Burra Charter, to emphasize the significance of intangible values as well as the physical aspects of an installation or artwork. The process incorporates information gathering, analysis, and assessment about an artwork and it’s site, condition, history, and materials to inform maintenance and management strategies.

Condition Reporting and Collection Assessments

Industry-standard examination, documentation, and condition reporting of singular or artwork collections to assess stability and overall condition. With a range of reporting available, conditions noted during examination are translatable into follow-up treatment proposals by our trained preservation staff or skilled partners.

Preservation Artist Consultation

UAP Preservation provides consultancy services for support throughout the curatorial, design, fabrication, and delivery stages for large-scale and/or fabricated artwork production to ensure optimum materials and techniques are chosen for ongoing longevity. Through dialogue and consultation with artists we can build conservation strategies to aide in the decision-making process during production.

Maintenance Schedules

Ongoing maintenance schedules developed specifically for the needs of an artwork or collections, including cleaning, re-application of protective wax and coating finishes, along with ongoing regular condition assessments to monitor the health of the artworks and ensure any conditions and treatment needs are identified and addressed in a timely manner.

Conservation Treatment, Restoration and Repair Services

Examination, documentation, and treatment of artworks using archival and reversible materials, where possible, and the employment of appropriate materials and techniques for the unique needs encountered in the treatment of outdoor sculpture. All work is undertaken in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Work’s (AIC) “Code of Ethics” and “Guidelines for Practice”, and treatment reports are provided following.