The Art Institute’s famous lions have returned to their rightful place on the grand steps of the art institute.
The iconic bronze statues, which were removed back in June for a mandatory deep cleaning and a fresh coating of wax, were officially returned on Tuesday via crane. Arriving back on their pedestals at the Art Institute, located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. the lions look better than ever and shine in a deeper shade of green after a fresh cleaning.
Originally made by Edward Kemeys in 1893, the lions routinely require deep cleaning and expert care to best preserve them for generations. The lions both got full grooming, including a steam cleaning, laser cleaning, and a fresh layer of wax coating along with a full maintenance check for corrosion and other damages. Inspected by the Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio, Inc, the lions were then returned to their perch via a handy crane lifting process.
The gorgeous bronze statues, which were last cleaned in 2001, have taken part in cultural moments over the years, dressing up in jerseys and donning face masks for COVID 19.
Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
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