specialised in conservation and restoration of wood and modern materials
Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Panamarenko’s „magnetic spaceship“. Development of a concept for the conservation and restoration with special regard to the polyurethane (PUR-) expanded foam
magnetic, polyurethane (PUR-) expanded foam, Panamarenko
The „magnetic spaceship“ (museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Germany) by the Belgian artist Panamarenko (b. 1940 Antwerp) was built in 1980 as a model for a bigger sculpture. The topic of the work is a UFO, floating above a sandy landscape held by the force of an electro magnetic field. The landscape is made from polyurethane (PUR-) expanded foam, which over time has aged to various shades of brown. Investigations of the fragmentary object and comparison to similar objects by the artist helped to formulate the proposed conservation and restoration measures. The first practical steps towards the conservation and restoration of this rigid foam have been taken.
Prof. Dr. Friederike Waentig and Dr. Gunnar Heydenreich
Through the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences