Restoration of mural damaged by Harvey almost complete

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Saturday, January 19 2019 Jan 19, 2019 January 19, 2019 7:41 AM January 19, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - Restoration work on a historic Houston mural damaged by Hurricane Harvey is soon to be complete after floodwaters seeped into the structure, causing paint to pop off and mold to grow.

The Houston Chronicle reports that muralist John Biggers' 1953 artwork, "Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education," is expected to be fully repaired before the end of the month. The mural features images of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts initially treated the mural in the city's Third Ward after the August 2017 storm. Museum staff covered the damaged roof over the mural and filled in paint gaps.

California-based art conservator Scott Haskins is handling the restoration work. He says the mural carries significance in story-telling within the art world.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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