Even the lion has to defend himself against… lichen?

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The Lions are ready for the catwalk again. Conservation cleaning of four of the Museum’s most iconic treasures is complete for this year.

These before and after images highlight the reduction of biological growth from the surface of the stone. As mentioned in a previous post  (see A Lion by Any Other Color…), lichen, moss, and ‘mildew’ all degrade the surface of the stone. Without regular and careful cleaning and care, the details in Anna Hyatt Huntington’s sculptures can be lost over time.   Read more

Art Reproductions Can Add Color To Your Home

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Perhaps the most common item used as home decor is the framed painting. In my previous post, I shared a small range of The Mariners’ Museum and Park collection that is available for reproduction and display in the home. When choosing an art reproduction, the choice of subject matter and color can determine the visual impression and mood your room will provide. Let’s see how some living spaces look when the color of the chosen art is an essential factor.

What Bold Color Can Do

Paintings can make a dramatic impact, such as in this Thomas C. Skinner painting displayed in this cafe bar. The light, flooding the room from the windows, is matched in the ochre tones of the art and the leather sofa. Note how the colors in the artwork play off the yellow of the couch and how the scale of the picture works in this space without being overwhelming. This scene is a good pairing of art with location; however, you could easily imagine this same piece mounted over a roaring fireplace in a wood-paneled library. In that instance, it would have a completely different feel.    Read more

Rum, Buggery and the Lash

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For Pride Month, I wanted to think about the countless hundreds of unnamed gay and lesbian sailors who lived and worked on board Navy ships in the days before our rights were broadly recognized and respected. I owe them so much as an out and proud American citizen! Their honorable service and their refusal to stay silent anymore contributed heavily to the ultimate court decision that gave us our rights.

Most of us are familiar with the story of Winston Churchill’s quip that British Royal Navy tradition consisted of nothing but “Rum, buggery and the lash”! It appears that Sir Winston himself denied he ever said it, saying when asked about it that “I wish I had said it!” It also appears that the origins of the expression itself are lost in the annals of naval lore.   Read more