Rodin's 'Burghers of Calais' returns in Philly

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 4:04 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — "The Burghers" are back at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia.

Auguste Rodin's "The Burghers of Calais" was set down with a giant crane Friday at the museum, which recently completed a three-year renovation inside and out.

The sculpture is back in the museum's garden, where it was first installed in 1929. Exposure to the elements prompted the museum to move the 6,000-pound bronze sculpture indoors in the 1960s.

Conservators say technological advances allowed them to remove corrosion from the "The Burghers" with lasers and chemical compounds. A new coating system will protect it from future weathering.

There are a dozen casts of "The Burghers of Calais" around the world. The original from 1895 is located in the French port town for which the sculpture is named.

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