To be ready in time for Phase 2 (the renovation of the entire 5th floor) of the Webster Transformation which started right after the Construction Holiday, on August 2nd, the Library had to make plans to protect the art in the Atrium at the beginning of July.

Oeuvre sans titre was created in 1990 by Effets Publics on the occasion of the construction of the Webster Library. CSMO, a full-service conservation firm specialized in the preservation, conservation and maintenance of sculptures, monuments, architectural elements, artifacts and objects, was hired to protect the 2 structures that are part of Oeuvre sans titre.

The delicate process that started with covering the tips of the spiral with protective yellow balls. Passersby did not fail to notice the humour as every yellow ball was adorned by a happy face!

yellow balls protecting sculpture

Note the yellow balls protecting the tips of the sculpture.

Then the structure was delicately covered with thick plastic sheets.

Plastic sheets cover the sculpture.

Plastic sheets cover the sculpture.

The other structure, on the east side, called the décroché de lettres, was then covered with the same material.

Both works are now covered with plastic.

Both works are now covered with plastic.

Finally, the spiral on the west side of the Atrium was also covered with wood painted in blue as the spiral is more at risk than the other structure because of the work done right above it on the fifth floor.

Artwork enclosed in a box for protection.

Artwork enclosed in a box for protection.

The plan on page 5 speaks for itself. The design of the fifth floor includes a cantilever structure (see the red outline on the plan) that extends the central reading room beyond the current walls of the Atrium, hence the need to protect Oeuvre sans titre situated below.

Cantilever structure extending into the Atrium.

Cantilever structure extending into the Atrium.

 

The protective material will be removed once this phase of the project has been completed.