James-Williamson, Sherene A; Reid, Andre D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Assessment and conservation of an outdoor exhibit: the Geography Geology Obelisk
Date of Publication
Editors: James-Williamson, S. A; Francis-Brown, S
Most museum conservation work relates to artifacts that are carefully preserved from exposure to the elements where curators are able control storage and exhibition environments in order to prevent deterioration. Outdoor monuments face daily exposure to the elements. Various studies have been carried out of the effects of environmental conditions on outdoor stone exhibits and monuments and in each case a site specific study is generated to determine the influencing factors. The focus of this paper is an assessment of the impacts on one such object that is a landmark on the UWI Mona Campus, Kingston Jamaica, the Geography-Geology obelisk. The obelisk was erected in 1984 and since then has undergone tremendous weathering. This assessment seeks to identify the contributing factors to the deterioration, the lithologies that are most affected and the approximate rate of weathering on the monument.....