Public art

Public art assets are central to a community's vitality and should be properly maintained whether you have a collection of 1 or 100.

Public art is created in reflection of the community itself and can take form as sculpture, paintings, architectural features, and more. Recently, public art has gained incredible momentum and popularity as there have been countless success stories about communities who have improved their downtowns using public art. Percent for art programs and grants have helped encourage communities to implement public art programs. Public art can bring incredible economic value to a community, making it an asset worth properly maintaining. Our conservation services keep your public art looking its best so your collection is a source of inspiration for your community and an attractant for tourism.

Public Art Conservation Services


Regular maintenance of public art ensures that your city, campus, or community looks it’s best at all times. By treating your collection on a regular schedule, you can prevent many common issues.


Our team will document and evaluate the current condition of your public art. Photos will be taken of each asset and a report will be provided outlining suggested routine care along with steps for treating problematic areas.


Our skilled conservators will treat any outstanding issues and properly complete reoccurring routine maintenance on public art pieces according to AIC guidelines.


Our staff will provide hands-on training for your community’s staff to learn how to properly care for your public art.

Types of Public Art


B.R. Howard & Associates Inc. has extensive experience treating sculpture in a variety of materials. We have the ability to clean, stabilize, chemically patinate, and recast or fabricate missing components. We currently hold on-going conservation contracts with the U.S. Senate and Smithsonian performing annual sculpture treatments. 


Each painting or mural undergoes scientific analysis in order to determine the best course of treatment options. Our paintings conservators can remove clean and remove disfiguring yellowed varnish layers, air pollutants. We repair tears, in-fill and in-paint areas of loss, and consolidate flaking paint using effective but reversible materials. 


B.R. Howard & Associates Inc. has a vast knowledge and understanding of traditional building techniques and the material science behind them. This is crucial when developing and performing conservation and preservation treatments. These architectural elements may include decorative metals, facades, plasters, stonework, and various surface coatings or finishes.


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We’ve worked with clients all across the United States ranging from big cities to small hometowns.

*States we’ve worked in are marked in blue. Not pictured: We have clients in Alaska.

*States we’ve worked in are marked in blue. Not pictured: We have clients in Alaska.