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Farragut Monument Restoration

Farragut After 9_21_06013The Municipal Art Society remains dedicated to preserving the Farragut Monument by the esteemed sculptor Augustus Saint- Gaudens, crafted in 1880 and on display at Madison Square Park. In May, MAS teamed with the Madison Square Park Conservancy to repoint the beautiful bluestone base, while the Conservancy repointed and reset the steps. MAS, through its Adopt-A-Monument program, with a generous grant from the Paul and Klara Porzelt Foundation, worked with the NYC Parks Department and Public Design Commission, to supervise the conservation of this magnificent monument in 2003. MAS has annually maintained the sculpture since, keeping it in pristine condition in the public realm. Thanks to Wilson Conservation for their skilled hands – restoring the statue in 2003 and cleaning and waxing the bronze figure, stone base and exedra each fall.