Henry Moore
'Oval with Points' 1968

This monumental bronze sculpture is owned by Hongkong Land and it is displayed outside the Landmark Building in Central Hong Kong. Early photographs show that it originally had a variegated watery green patina, with a member of staff at Hongkong Land commenting that he remembered it was ‘like a piece of jade’ when it was first installed. Over the years the high levels of humidity and pollution in Hong Kong had caused the surface of the sculpture to become blackened and unsightly. Together with our fellow sculpture conservator colleagues from Two Sticks in New York we were asked to undertake a treatment of the sculpture to improve its condition.

The sculpture was first cleaned with steam to remove surface soils and traces of wax. Small areas of missing green patina were retouched using a selection of cold patina recipes used on Moore’s sculptures and collected through past research in order to integrate the overall appearance. A clear wax was then applied to the surface of the sculpture to provide some protection from weathering.

With thanks to:

Roger Griffith of Two Sticks Inc. for project management and collaboration with treatment.

Sherry Wong, Senior Procurement and Compliance manager, Hongkong Land Ltd., for all her help in organising this project.

Sally Bowling, Christopher Moore and Reinhard Bek for assistance with treatment.

Lixia Adamcova who provided translation and assistance.

Sculpture  conservation restoration  restoration cleaning and repair 


Henry Moore


'Oval with Points' 1968


HongKong Land


Hong Kong