In my post Eye on the Needle: The Fight to Save an Iconic Monument, the desperate need for conservation work on an obelisk currently housed in NYC’s Central Park, affectionately called Cleopatra’s Needle, was being promoted through an up-and-coming documentary.
I am happy to report that since May 2014, conservators have been giving Cleopatra’s Needle a laser treatment unlike any other.
Read this amazing article published in the New York Times on July 10,2014 (published electronically July 9 2014) discussing the conservation efforts!
Nearly 3,500 Years Old, an Egyptian Monument Gets a Laser Cleaning
It said in the article they were going to treat the stone with a compound that stabilizes the stone on a molecular level. Any idea what that is? Or what might be a bad choice (clear masonry waterproofing for example)?