Joan Miro’s masterpiece Personnages Oiseaux mural reinstalled at at Wichita State University

Joan Miró created only one large glass-and-marble mosaic public artwork in his lifetime. From 1978–2011, Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People) filled the street-facing brick wall of the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University (Kansas). The toll of time and weather on this monumental artwork necessitated removal of the structure and a $2.2 million campaign to fund its restoration. For the past five years, Personnages Oiseaux has undergone extensive structural rebuilding and cleaning by Russell-Marti Conservation Services, Inc. The unique nature of the mural required the conservation team to develop and implement new methods and practices specifically for this work, preserving its integrity and staying true to the artist's original intent. The lengthy conservation project is now complete and Personnages Oiseaux once again welcomes

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