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Restoring LAís Public Art

From rescuing sought after Banksy works to maintaining, restoring and creating public murals. Zakheim art conservators lend their technical expertise and artistic vision to more than just treasured oil paintings.

Despite commanding six figure rates for their projects, Zakheim arenít just about the profit line. The family business of three generations, is committed to cultural philanthropy and nurturing public art in Los Angeles.

Siblings Shakuntala and Kuva Zakheim are currently developing a project that will see a giant 40ft mural of Ed Ruscha by artist Ken Twitchell restored and transported to a new downtown location. In a milestone case, Twitchell was awarded $1.2million after the original mural was illegally destroyed by an oblivious property developer.

Other publicly funded mural restorations and relocations include a Broadway Ave work of actor Anthony Quinn by Latino artist Eloy Torres and the creation of a public mural space in Venice. The privately sponsored Venice project will see Zakheim curate an ongoing public mural space born of collaborations amongst some of LAís finest, from graffiti artists to figurative and abstract painters.

Asked about the secret of removing a mural, Shakuntala reveals, " The process is largely confidential but from a lamenís perspective the paint surface is initially reinforced; resins and other chemicals are then applied which sees the paint adhere to the reinforced surface. This is then removed from the wall either as one piece or in several pieces after being cut depending on the size of the work."

This technique was recently lent to a Banksy work, titled Sex and Chocolate. Adorning a deserted warehouse in downtown LA the stenciled image of a man and woman on deckchairs was removed by the process above, then remounted on an artificial wall in the home of a private collector.

Written by Craig Stephens

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