Expressive power can now be appreciated again
In addition to consolidation and conservation of the surface, the main measures involved restoration: cleaning the surface, removing accretions and deposits and, in particular, retouching the streaks and applying protective wax.
Coating with hot wax creates a much darker surface with an even sheen. However, this method was not used with ‘Jean d’Aire’, not least because it is unnecessary from a conservation perspective in the less exposed areas. Cold wax coating, by contrast, preserved traces of the sculpture’s time on display outdoors in a way that reflects its statement and history. The work can still be appreciated as a heavily weathered open-air exhibit but has now regained its full expressive power.