March - May 2023
NVFCP was contracted to remove decades worth of graffiti from a sensitive cultural area. Community support was seen through over 40 volunteers signing up to help. We used chemicals, air abrasives, power tools, and a ton of elbow grease. Volunteers learned about archaeology, preservation, and the variety of techniques used to carefully remove paint graffiti. Some spent a day with us, others came out everyday, and many volunteered for a few days here and there. Combined their efforts had a huge impact and much was learned. Each rock surface and paint interact differently. We had to do spot testing and change up our techniques fairly often. NVFCP can say we have a group of experienced graffiti removal volunteers for future projects.
One of the most rewarding part of this type of conservation work is the visual reinforcement of a job well done.
Friendships were forged, stories shared, and a great sense of comradery comes from learning and working together.
NVFCP plans to return to that area in the fall for more graffiti removal work. Dates will be posted at the end of summer.