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saving a stencil art piece

 
 
Reply Wed 15 Jun, 2016 08:27 am
Hello,
I have a stencil piece done on a wall that i really would like to keep. If anyone has any ideas on how to get this piece of the wall it would be great. It is sprayed onto a painted wall this consists of the very old thick render onto reeds that are nailed to the wooded frame. Their is no access from behind and the render is very old and brittle.
Your help is appreciated Chris
 
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jun, 2016 09:12 am
@chris smid,
Frankly, you'd be better off taking a picture of it and preserving that image than you would trying to lift it off the wall. Any method I can think of to remove it would either would be destructive or expensive or both.

The image could be then be made into a print (photography image-making knowledge needed) that would have decent fidelity to the original and can be sized to whatever dimensions you want.
chris smid
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2016 08:04 am
@Ragman,
Hi,
The picture idea is definitely a good one and at the very least we will still have a record of it if i destroy the piece while lifting it of the wall.
Thanks
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chris smid
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2016 08:06 am
@chris smid,
Another bit of information is that the stencil is about 1.5m*1.5m and would a professionally done picture of a valuable piece of stencil art still be worth anything?
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2016 10:23 am
@chris smid,
I can't imagine a process that wouldn't result in destruction of the stencil. If it were me, I'd ask a professional art restorer before I attempted such a task.

Frankly, unless the wall is coming down or need some work, don't remove the stencil art.

Furthermore, it depends on what you call 'worth'. A question for you: is the stencil art right now worth anything? What determined the value of the stencil?

There might not be a collector's market for a photographic of the stencil art; however, as a photographer, I've taken many good images which represented the sculptures and/or art work for artists to document their work. their desire was to use it in their portfolio
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2016 08:54 pm
@Ragman,
I think were talking like a fresco here. eh? Do we know whether the painting ois IN the plaster (like a fresco should be) or is there evidence that the paint in lying ON the plaster?
Getting em off depends on your answer
NOT you rags. BTW congrats.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jun, 2016 05:28 am
@farmerman,
hard for me to tell exactly what they've got. When someone refers to a stencil, I take them literally.

Thanks FM. Life is good.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jun, 2016 01:04 pm
@Ragman,
I just thought it was a fresco cause the OP used "render" thats an archaic (UK) word re:a plastering base, which in this case, did NOT overlay a brick masonry wall, but a lath (reed) wall.
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