September 14, 2010
The University of Virginia's statue of founder Thomas Jefferson is undergoing cleaning and repair.
Conservators have washed the bronze statue on the north side of the university's Rotunda with a mild detergent, then coated it with specially formulated hot wax that inhibits corrosion and brings out the metal's luster.
Conservators have recast some elements at the statue's base that have disappeared over time, including two swords, a crown and the scales of justice. They're also replacing portions of the figure's marble base.
University officials said in a release that the Jefferson statue, installed in 1918, is among several bronze statues being restored. Others include figures of Homer, George Washington and George Rogers Clark.