consolidation work and a few more holes to fill.
her website here.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Both of the fillers contain a mix of powders used to give the glue extra strength.
apply the consolidant and paint to these areas. Once it's covered up it blends into the Totem Pole virtually flawlessly.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
If you couldn't make it to the Andrew Todd Lecture at the Canadian Institute in Greece last week, don't despair We've just posted the whole thing (in 6 parts) on You Tube. You can watch the first part above, and check out the rest of the episodes on our You Tube channel.
Also, this is just a reminder that the Benaki museum is hosting a workshop this Saturday. If you want a chance to learn a little bit about the Totem Pole and participate in some fun workshops make sure to stop by.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
While it looks like Andrew is simply painting the Totem Pole in this photos, there's a lot more going on. Andrew is using something called a consolidant to repair the old paint as well. The product does have pigment mixed in, but it's much more than that. Consolidant protects the original paint on the Totem Pole by helping it bond to the wood and adding a layer of protection on top. This technique allows the spaces where the paint is too damaged and had to be removed to be filled in with colour, as well as protects the original paint that remains.
If you haven't had time to visit Andrew at the Benaki museum, you might want to make arrangements soon. He's only here till the end of the month (Here's some more information about visiting the Totem Pole). Already hundreds of people have stopped by to say hello to Andrew and the Chief's Crest Pole. Hopefully a few people have left with a better understanding of Canadian culture and history as well.
Totem: a gift of friendship
Two unique visitors from the other side of the world are eager to reveal their secrets!
How will you reciprocate this gift?
If you want to be a part of this wonderful program click here.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Click here for his hours and more information about the events at the Benaki museum.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
"The totem pole that has stood since 1975 in the gardens of the Residency of the Ambassador of Canada in Filothei is now undergoing restoration. The totem pole was built by the renowned First Nation artist Chief Tony Hunt and his relatives of Kwakwaka’waka ancestry in the 1960s. The conservator Andrew Todd from Bowen Island, BC is in Athens for the month of October working at the Benaki Museum under the sponsorship of the Canadian Embassy and generous donors to restore it to its former glory. On Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm Mr. Todd will talk about this restoration project and the others he has participated in the Pacific northwest."
The lecture will take place on October 17th at 7:30 in the Canadian Institute's library.
The Canadian Institute is located at:
Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
GR-115 28 Athens
Click here for a map.
We hope to see you all there."