Lunchtime Talk + Demo: Laser Cleaning in Art + Architecture

Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016 , noon to 1 p.m.
Laser Cleaning

Please join us for brown-bag lunchtime lecture on how lasers are used to conserve art objects and historic structures. The lecture will feature a unique laser system that was designed and built for cleaning art and architecture. The GC-1 laser technology has been used to clean Cleopatra’s Needle, the 3,500 year old Egyptian obelisk in New York’s Central Park; an exact replica of Michelangelo's David made from Carrara marble in Florida; and many public monuments and architectural structures throughout North America. Bartosz A. Dajnowski, inventor of the GC-1 will provide an introduction to this cutting edge laser cleaning system with real world examples of laser cleaning projects and research. Dajnowski is vice director of the Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio Inc. (CSOS) and president of G.C. Laser Systems Inc. Following the lecture, there will be a demonstration to show how different stone and metal surfaces are cleaned with the GC-1. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Materials Lab and the Architectural Conservation Lab. 

Objects conservator Bartosz Dajnowski has an MS from the Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He studied art, culture, and conservation at the Jagiellonian University in Poland, Studio Art Centers International in Florence, the Loyola Rome Center in Rome, and has a BA in Art History and Economics from Northwestern University. Dajnowski studied laser applications, programming, and engineering at the Military University of Technology - Institute of Optoelectronics in Warsaw, Poland, and has used lasers in conservation work for over 12 years. 

Bartosz A. Dajnowski
Vice Director, Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio, Inc.
President, G.C. Laser Systems Inc.