A shower fit for King George V: Bendigo's statues get a much-needed wash

Conservator of objects Jude Schahinger makes sure no detail goes unnoticed as she cleans Venus. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
Conservator of objects Jude Schahinger makes sure no detail goes unnoticed as she cleans Venus. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

MOST people shower daily, but imagine not having a wash for a few years.

That’s the reality for the old sculptures and statues near the Conservatory and Rosalind Park, who have gathered moss and mould after years in the elements.

Conservator of objects Jude Schahinger spent Friday giving Venus a much-needed clean, and will soon move on to the statue of King George V which will be fenced off.

Venus struggles to hide her displeasure as she gets an outdoor shower in the middle of winter in the Bendigo Conservatory gardens. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Venus struggles to hide her displeasure as she gets an outdoor shower in the middle of winter in the Bendigo Conservatory gardens. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

City of Greater Bendigo parks and open space manager Paul Gangell said they were significant works.

“Works on the King George Statue will include the rebuilding of lost areas of sandstone, replacement of pointing and repainting of lettering,” he said.

“The works are part of a dedicated program to protect and maintain Bendigo’s sculptures and public art.

“The restoration methods required for each feature vary, however general works can include an initial wash and the removal and replacement of failed pointing, stain removal and protection of bronze elements.”