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The Painted KingArt, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii$
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Glenn Wharton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834951

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834951.001.0001

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On the Scaffolding

On the Scaffolding

(p.142) 9 On the Scaffolding
The Painted King

Glenn Wharton

University of Hawai'i Press

The chapter recounts the events surrounding the conservation project for the Kamehameha sculpture. Mark Bowden's painting crew erected three sturdy scaffolding towers with adjustable planks around the sculpture, and Tuti Bakers' team began videotaping the preliminary work. Meanwhile, Wharton held a series of meetings with the local project team to make final arrangements for community participation. He also documented the sculpture's condition with archival black-and-white photographs and color high-resolution digital images, and annotated the crack through the sculpture's base as well as the isolated patches of bronze disease visible in areas of exposed metal. His team first removed the brass spheres—that Joe Chang epoxied into the eye sockets in 1978—before beginning the actual repainting.

Keywords:   conservation project, Kamehameha sculpture, Mark Bowden, Tuti Baker, Glenn Wharton, Joe Chang

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