Disaster Response Policy and Procedures for
SC Mall Sculptures
Prepared by: Paul Storch
Senior Objects Conservator
Minnesota Historical Society
Developed in 1994 and distributed to MN State Capitol Security
and Plant Management.
Revised November, 2005
- The discoverer of the vandalism should contact the Capitol
Security Dispatcher, who will then contact the State Capitol Site
Manager (MHS). If The Site Manager is not available, contact the
Senior Objects Conservator and the Head of Conservation, if the
Senior Objects Conservator is not available.
- The area should be roped off as soon as possible. Determination
should be made as to whether it is a crime scene, and if it is, the
St. Paul Police Department should be called.
The first response of the State Plant Management will be limited
to wicking up any paint in order to prevent it from dripping onto
other surfaces and from seeping into joints. No attempt should be
made to remove the paint.
- If an outside cleaning contractor is called in before the MHS
conservation staff can arrive for a complete assessment of the
situation, they must wait. The MHS conservator who responds to the
call will determine the extent of the damage and the current
condition of the object and will recommend the cleaning procedure to
be followed. The conservator will supply any cleaning solutions
that will be used. The conservator will determine if high pressure
water cleaning is applicable to the problem. Commercial cleaners
and degreasers such as C&H 744 Degreaser will not be used.
- Cleaning Methods:
- The specific cleaning procedure will vary depending on the
nature of the paint binder, and the nature and condition of the
- Water should be made available by State Plant Management staff
responding to the call in order to clean water soluble latex-based
- Oil-based paints will be cleaned with solvents or other
cleaners. These are to be determined by MHS conservation staff.
- Containers for waste rags and other expendable cleaning
materials should be provided by the State Plant Management staff and
be removed immediately from the site after the cleaning is finished.
- After the cleaning is completed, the MHS conservation staff will
determine what applicable follow-up procedures need to be done.
- The damage and subsequent clean-up and treatments will be
documented in writing and by photographs by MHS Conservation Staff
and will become part of the MHS conservation documentation for the
affected sculpture or monument. Any other applicable documentation
generated by other state agencies and/or outside contractors will
also become part of those records.
Staff to Call:
- State Capitol Historic Site Manager
- Senior Objects Conservator
- Head of Conservation