Above : Ewerdt Hilgemann, Imploded Cube NY, Stainless Steel, Private Collection

Metalabs offers restoration, conservation + maintenance plans for metal art + architecture.

 
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Process

Every work of art or architectural element in need of care undergoes a specific and science-based process to determine the least invasive solution based on unique circumstances.

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materials

Backed by the metal expertise of A. Zahner Company, Metalabs is confident in treating and maintaining all types of metal, from aluminum to zinc (and everything in between).

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promise

Work treated and maintained by Metalabs experts are guaranteed. We care deeply about the preservation of artwork for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

 

Serving collectors worldwide, Metalabs offers a range of specialized treatment services tailored to fit each client's needs.

 
Steven Richardson, Converge, City of Overland Park

Steven Richardson, Converge, City of Overland Park

Using informed, cutting-edge techniques in preserving art, Metalabs provides the highest confidence in the longevity of our collection.
— Julie Bilyea, City of Overland Park
 

Protect Your Investment 

 

Every work of art or architectural element in need of care undergoes a specific and science-based process to determine the least invasive solution depending on unique circumstances. Drawing upon decades of experience, each work Metalabs treatment is handled with the utmost care and concern for the artist or architect's original intention.

 

 

 

Visual Inspection

Step one entails a comprehensive visual inspection of a work's current condition. Our experts look for signs of deterioration or corrosion to protective patinas, seams and connectors. All areas of concern are digitally photographed along with a written evaluation.

 

Research + Analysis

Following visual inspection and documentation, our team conducts extensive research and fact-based analysis to determine the best method for specialized treatment. Drawing from decades of experience, our science-based recommendations take into account materials, fabrication methods, site specific surroundings, and environmental factors. Solutions are provided on a per case basis.

 

Treatment

Treatment plans will vary according to material and unique conditions. Our goal is to provide minimally invasive solutions to clean and protect each work of art or architecture. Should restoration be required, we will consult directly with the artist, when possible, and proceed with scientifically-based process to ensure a protective yet reversible solution. 

 

Recommendations + Maintenance

Each step of treatment will be properly documented, providing a written and visual conservation history for a work. Post-treatment maintenance and storage recommendations are provided at no cost. To ensure an art or architectural object's long-term preservation, Metalabs offers yearly maintenance agreements, which provide annual surface cleaning and inspection 

We Are the Experts in Modern Metals

 

Backed by the metal expertise of A. Zahner Company, Metalabs is confident in treating and maintaining all types of metal, from aluminum to zinc (and everything in between).

Our team is able to treat and fabricate the following materials and finishes:

  • Anodized metal
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Iron
  • Nickel Silver
  • Painted Metal
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Unique surface textures & patinas
  • Weathering Steel
  • Zinc
 

We Stand Behind Our Work

 

Art and architectural objects treated and maintained by Metalabs experts are guaranteed. We care deeply about the preservation of artwork for the enjoyment of current and future generations. While under a Metalabs maintenance contract, artwork is warrantied against corrosion through attentive, preventive care.

We measure our success by exceeding our customers' expectations.

 

Above: Kansas City Life Insurance Cast Bronze Doors & Transoms

Protecting Investments in Art + Architecture 

 

Public Art Collections

Metalabs offers solutions for the care of public art collections. From repair of a damaged fountain to annual maintenance for an entire outdoor sculpture collection, our expert staff works with city administrators, art commissioners, and other officials across the country. 

 

Personal or Private Collections

As long-time collectors of art, we understand the personal significance behind private art collections, and we promise to care for your collection as if it were our own. Metalabs offers personalized solutions for restoration and maintenance of interior and exterior sculptures in any location.

 

Corporate Collections

Corporate collections often include sculptural art and architectural features in exterior and interior settings. Metalabs experts are skilled in troubleshooting corporate complexities; we offer specialized care to protect a company's investment in its collection.

 

architecture

Architectural objects, both interior and exterior, are prone to the same set of potentially damaging elements as sculptural works of art. Metalabs draws on decades of expertise to repair and maintain architectural elements of any scale.

 

ARTISTS

As an affiliate of metal engineering and fabrication company, A. Zahner, Metalabs offers a wealth of resources for artists to understand how to maintain their work from concept to installation and beyond, ensuring each unique vision remains cared for in years to come. 

For additional information on how artists can benefit from working directly with Metalabs and Zahner, please contact us.

 

 
When our 91-year-old doors needed repair, we turned to the experts at Metalabs. They took care of our property like it was their own. We could not be more pleased with the outcome.
— Tom Boosman, Kansas City Life Insurance Company