Conservators model features as work continues on the Ararat Memorial Fountain

Art conservator Andrew Thorn of Artcare is in Ararat this week as work continues on the Ararat Memorial Fountain restoration.

Thorn and his team member Ben Collie are creating models of the fountain’s features that have been damaged or are no longer in place, such as water bowls, dolphins, masks and wings. Photogrammetry from a replica fountain in Hamilton is helping with this process.

Ben Collie, from art conservator Artcare, modelling one of the missing water bowls from the fountain this week.
PHOTO: Ararat Council

The work, both intricate and complex, has been on hold due to wet conditions.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the conservators had to be careful and precise when working on the structure.

“Council is really looking forward to seeing the fountain restored and back to its former glory, and we know the community is excited to see the finished result too,” Dr Harrison said.

“The work requires careful heritage conservation methods, which are quite complex and intricate, so the people working on site are taking their time to ensure it is done correctly.”

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Work on the fountain in the coming weeks will include restoring the missing and broken pieces, pressure cleaning the structure, and painting it in its original colour. Council says the community will notice scaffolding when this occurs.