Smithsonian Uses Dishwashing Liquid to Clean Sculpture

June 10, 2014

Roy Lichtenstein’s Modern Head, originally installed in New York’s Battery Park in 1996, one block from the World Trade Center, was a gift from Jeffrey H. Loria (in loving memory of his sister, Harriet Loria Popowitz) to American Art in 2008. Before cleaning, it was assessed by conservators, then it was washed with a solution using Dawn® —yes, regular Dawn dishwashing liquid— to clean off normal city dirt and grime. And then it was rinsed. (Eye Level)

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