Lone Star 

Texas State Museum

HISTORIC OVERVIEW

The Lone Star at the Texas State MuseumThis twenty faceted five point star is located at the entrance to the Texas State History Museum. It stands at a total height of thirty-three feet and is made of 3/16 inch thick silicone bronze plates. It was fabricated by Mr. John Kasson of Austin, and installed in April of 2001. The single star has a rich history within Texan culture which is why the state is nicknamed the Lone Star State. Some believe that the lone star symbolized the wish of many Texans to achieve statehood in the United States and others believed it represented Texas as the lone state of Mexico trying to uphold its rights under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Either way, the lone star design has been used as symbol for Texans since 1819 and was officially used to symbolize the Republic and the Lone Star State ever since.

PRE-TREATMENT CONDITION

ScratchesThe “Lone Star” was in very good condition and both the structure and finish coatings appeared to be stable. At the time of inspection, the upper sections of the sculpture were inaccessible and were therefore un-documented. Streaking was observed on the vertical surfaces of the right and left horizontal rays of the star; it appeared that rainfall carried accumulated dirt and debris from the upper surfaces onto the lower facets creating the streaking. Numerous bird droppings were also observed on the top surfaces of the horizontal rays. In addition, scratches caused by museum visitors were seen on the lower surfaces of the sculpture; however, the scratches do not appear to have penetrated the multiple coatings of Incralac.

TREATMENT

The Texas State Museum requested a condition survey of the “Lone Star” for future conservation consideration.

 

 


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