Insights for the endorsement of a holistic approach for public sculpture research

the BIONANOSCULP project

  • Patricia Moreira
  • Eduarda Vieira
  • José G. Abreu
Keywords: preventive conservation, art conservation, interdisciplinary, sustainability, green conservation, public art


This article reflects on the holistic approach for public sculpture research within the BIONANOSCULP project, focusing on the reasons behind the project development, its objectives, selected achievements and future outcomes. Focusing on one of the seven selected sculptures that were studied within the project, “Afonso de Albuquerque”, the reasons behind the selection of these public art works, their historical study, a critical assessment of their significance and conservation status are discussed. A brief description of the most significant analytical innovations of the project and insight on the future of sustainable conservation is presented.