Missing and Unrepairable Pieces and Parts, Gaps and Cracks
There were many unrepairable and missing pieces and parts from the sculpture that had to be fabricated, fitted and hammered into place. The original rays were too badly damaged to save. In fact, as a result of a previous repair, 4 of the rays were actually cut out of plastic and attached with body filler and bailing wire. New rays were fabricated from 1/8" silicon bronze stock and the new pieces soldered together. The attachment of the new rays to the head involved pinning the pieces into the concrete-filled head and heavily soldered all around. The soldered joints were lightly ground and finished.
The bottom row shows some examples of some of the severty of the cracks and gaps and open seams. The far right shows an example of a larger missing sections that had to be fabricated, fitted and attached in a manner that was strong durable and weatherproof.