OULIPOST: Day 25 (larding)

 

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Google image search: some surprises have already emerged

 

Some surprises have already emerged during the project’s first six months. The restorers expect to uncover the first five arcades this summer.

Some surprises have already emerged during the project’s first six months. A 1990s cleaning of four arcades gave restorers the confidence that they had developed the least invasive method to remove centuries of gunk. When you have the chance to put up scaffolding on an ancient monument and look closely while you’re cleaning, you discover things you would never otherwise see such as frescoes, stucco work, inscriptions and graffiti. The duration increases at the lower levels that are more exposed to car exhaust and consequently have accumulated more dirt. The outer arcades block close-up looks at the inner structure.     The restorers expect to uncover the first five arcades this summer.

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* Sylvers, Eric, “The Colosseum’s Badly Needed Bath,” The Wall Street Journal, 25 April 2014: ICONS (online)

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