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The Art And Science Of Conservation At The Olympic Sculpture Park

Cutting through the horizon with sharp edges and curved red arms is "The Eagle," one of 21 art pieces at the Olympic Sculpture Park. It looks vibrant as ever, but it’s on Seattle Art Museum’s list of pieces that need some extra care soon.

The museum's conservation team comes to the park throughout the year to maintain the collection in a dance of art and science. Art conservators work with scientists, artists and curators to study art and decide how to make it last through the years. 

Nicholas Dorman, the museum's chief conservator, and Elizabeth Brown, a senior objects conservator, were recently at Olympic Sculpture Park checking in on the sculptures and cleaning them. 

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