Sorry to come over all soppy and romantic lately but its all for the good of art. Andrew Charlton and Nellie Shepherd are the really cute couple pictured above with a bronze bust of Eros (the God of Love as you know). This is the first off the production line at Liverpool’s National Conservation Centre, one of a series of limited edition exact (within a fraction of a millimetre) replicas of the ancient originals.
It was also our first visit behind the scenes at the Conservation Centre, its fascinating, I’m sure we’ll be back some time to find out more about the great work they do. They are currently working hard to strip off all the layers of paint from the statue of King Edward VII on horseback which is normally at the Pier Head.
Nellie is a successful children’s author. Andrew’s company Lynton Lasers Ltd produces cosmetic lasers, as well as lasers used for cleaning artworks, and he wanted a gift that would reflect this involvement. He chose the Eros bust – replicated in bronze from the original 200 AD marble – because it was produced using lasers.
He said: “I wanted to start the ball rolling by buying the first one off the production line because staff at the National Conservation Centre have worked so hard and are world-leaders in this type of work. The bust is also to show the love of my life just how much she means to me.”
Nellie said: “This is a wonderful gift which will be a constant reminder of Valentine’s Day. It is ancient and modern all rolled into one.”
Christopher Dean, the Centre’s product development consultant, said: “Eros is the first of many exclusive, limited edition bronze and marble sculptures being created from the museums’ collections. Zeus, Narcissus and Aphrodite will be on view in World Museum Liverpool and available through our website www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk later this year. Everyone is delighted that Andrew and Nellie have found a home for the first one at such an appropriate romantic time.”
The National Conservation Centre leads the world developing technologies to create high-quality replicas. The original artwork is scanned into a computer using lasers. Bronzes are cast from a 3D-printed nylon master and stone is carved using industrial milling machines.
You can read a lot more about Conservation Technologies on the website