Venice in Peril
The Monument to Canova in Venice, Italy' s Bacilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari church suffers from degradation due to damp and changing climatic variables as a result of increased tourists. Scientific surveys have revealed the urgent need for a rescue operation. The creeping damp, with its dire impact on both the brick foundations and the stonework of the monument itself, can be kept at bay, but only if the whole structure is dismantled, damp-proofed and a process of conservation is applied to all its parts.
Canova originally designed the Monument to Canova as a mausoleum for the painter Titian, before his own heart was interred in the marble pyramid following his death in 1822
Rescuing this monument involves sensitive supervision by conservation experts, scientists and art historians. A team of technicians and engineers must first detach the marble slabs and sculptures in order to damp-proof the structure they currently sit on. The task entails stripping away the various coatings of oil and wax applied by earlier restorers.
Each of the marble slabs and sculptures also had to be immersed in special desalination tanks to remove all invasive mineral deposits. Following this, and several repairs, a fresh protective coating must be brushed onto the stonework before the reassembled monument is returned to its place.
TreadRight partnered with the Venice in Peril fund to commission a comprehensive report by Venetian scientific experts on the underlying problems, so that recovery could be carried out as thoroughly as possible. The project, enabled with additional support from UNESCO and Cambridge University, also explored methods in which the city could encourage a more sustainable tourism industry.