Nina was the art conservator for the complete restoration of the damaged The State of Oregon artwork by Barry Faulkner. The fire’s effects caused extreme heat damage to the painting primarily in the upper and right areas of the composition, with numerous areas of blistered paint, and many sections of blistered delamination of the canvas from the substrate plaster. The fragile areas of heat-blistered paint were consolidated and smoothed. Areas of loss were filled, textured and retouched to match the original surface and color. A protective layer of varnish was applied to the painting.
Ninna performed the complete restoration of the plywood 4ft8in mural and triptych side panels. Grime, mud-wasp nests and half century insect excrement were removed. Special restoration was performed on the compromised gelatin prints within the triptych.
The circa 1958 Fish Viewing Station at the North Fork Hydroelectric Dam outside Estacada, with its intriguing interior space and mural by Alex Schomberg, conceived with the intent of bringing the public closer to the river’s life, represents an extraordinary and unique cultural heritage asset. The historical context and the work’s subject matter combine the natural history of the area with the history of the advent of hydroelectric power, the salmon conservation movement, PGE’s own outreach initiatives, pop art, the Golden Age of Comics, science fiction illustration, and more. Schomberg is highly regarded as one of Marvel Comics’ most gifted superhero illustrators, and the intersection of his artistic hand the fish viewing station’s realization is quite singular.