NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Eleven marble statues at the Norfolk Botanical Garden that depict famous artists have been restored.
The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/18ROrTd ) reports that the restoration included cleaning lichens and scum from the statues. Missing noses were replaced. An arm on the statue of Phidias was removed and reattached with a titanium screw.
The project cost about $167,000, which included digital scans of the statues and molds to replace future broken noses. The garden is trying to raise additional funds to pay for long-term maintenance.
Sculptor Moses Ezekiel created the statues shortly after the Civil War.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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