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Norfolk Botanical Garden restores marble statues

Sunday - 12/29/2013, 4:35pm  ET

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.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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