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Spring Cleaning
For two weeks last month, Hopkins’ famous Christ statue under the dome of the Billings Administration Building underwent cleaning by Fullick Conservation. It hadn’t been done since 1989 for the Centennial Celebration, and, according to Andrew Harrison, material culture archivist at Medical Archives, “you could see the cobwebs in the folds of the robes.” The conservators used vacuums, brushes, mineral spirits, detergent and marble cleaning solution for their work. But the most difficult part of their job was setting up the scaffolding, which patients tried to push their way under to touch the statue. “That’s when we set up the snow fencing,” says Harrison. Luckily, no one was hurt.

 

 

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