Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Art of war mural to be restored

The Hastings War Memorial Library’s famous war mural is set to undergo preventive conservation treatment.

The Hall of Memories mural, painted in 1959 and listed as a public artwork, was designed and painted by war artist, Peter McIntyre OBE. It depicts an assault by the joint branches of the armed forces on an unspecified beach.

Professional conservator, Carolina Izzo, has been commissioned to assess the condition of the mural and undertake any repair work.

Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst said the conservation treatment had been scheduled regularly to ensure the integrity and long-term preservation of what is an irreplaceable public work.

The treatment may include cleaning the overall paint surface along with retouching and repairs to areas where it has lost some colour.

The Hall of Memories entrance to the library will be closed on Friday, November 10 so scaffolding can be safely erected, but will be open to the public while the conservation work is taking place.

Library visitors will be able to partially observe the conservator at work in the Hall of Memories, with work to begin on 13 November and finished on 16 November.

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