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The Risen Christ Mosaic Restoration - St. Jude Chapel, Dallas, Texas

We are halfway through the cleaning and restoration projects at St. Jude Chapel on Main Street. In December, a new mosaic background niche was created for the Infant of Prague statue. In February, our team ascended to the top of the Risen Christ mosaic to clean, stabilize and repair the mosaic. A small fracture was creating loose tiles in the center of the mosaic. Earlier repairs had been insufficient, as they didn't match the original material or colors. Missing tiles were sourced from our studio and filled to match the surroundings. All mosaics in the chapel received a careful cleaning, including the Virgin of Guadelupe, the Blessed Mother, St. Jude, St. Anthony and St. Theresa.

Callie, a conservator with Art Restorations, Inc. of Dallas, injects a stabilizer behind the loose tesserae on the Risen Christ mosaic.

Callie, a conservator with Art Restorations, Inc. of Dallas, injects a stabilizer behind the loose tesserae on the Risen Christ mosaic.

Removing paint from the St. Jude niche. Callie is enjoying the process of conserving the mosaics and has a special connection to the place. She remembers attending Mass at St. Jude's as a child with her mother. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.                                                          

Removing paint from the St. Jude niche. Callie is enjoying the process of conserving the mosaics and has a special connection to the place. She remembers attending Mass at St. Jude's as a child with her mother. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.                                                        

 

 Simple cleaning tools and a ph-neutral soap removed 50 years of haze from the glass surface. Photo by Danny Fulgencio. 

 Simple cleaning tools and a ph-neutral soap removed 50 years of haze from the glass surface. Photo by Danny Fulgencio. 

  Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

  Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

Infant of Prague mosaic background by Julie Richey Mosaics.

Infant of Prague mosaic background by Julie Richey Mosaics.

The 1968 Genesis mosaic designed by Prof.Gyorgy Kepes of MIT. Fabricated by Venetian Mosaic Arts studio in NY. Cleaning and fracture repair will take place in April.

The 1968 Genesis mosaic designed by Prof.Gyorgy Kepes of MIT. Fabricated by Venetian Mosaic Arts studio in NY. Cleaning and fracture repair will take place in April.