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The Ringling is proud to participate once again in the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge—a 24-hour online giving event supporting more than 625 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The “Be the One” theme of the 2018 Giving Challenge is inspired by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s belief that each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community. The philosophy sprouts from the idea that each donor can be the one to make a positive, lasting difference.
This year, The Ringling’s iconic sculpture of David will be getting a lot of attention. Through the Giving Challenge, the Museum aims to raise $25,000 to support the conservation of the nearly 17 foot high bronze cast of the classical work by Michelangelo. David has stood in his current position overlooking the Museum of Art Courtyard for close to 90 years.
"David is cast in bronze, which is a durable material but susceptible to deterioration in the form of corrosion, particularly when displayed in an outdoor environment” said Barbara Ramsay, chief conservator. “In the salt-laden air of Sarasota, with plentiful rainfall and sunshine, the protective coatings applied to the bronze to prolong its life are gradually worn off. The metal is then eaten away and the surface becomes pitted, mottled and discolored.”
Through an intensive conservation treatment process carried out on site, the degraded coatings are removed, along with the accumulation of corrosion products, salt, grime, and biological deposits. This effort will help to ensure preservation of the bronze and will restore David’s original appearance for all to enjoy.
Every dollar raised through the 2018 Giving Challenge will go towards the conservation process.
The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.
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