Glasshouse Methods of Outdoor Metal Arts: School of Applied Arts’ Episode
Metal outdoor sculpture, has developed as a distinct and unique tradition in the Department of
Sculpture within eight years in Takoradi Polytechnic. Several Ghanaian artists have produced works with different metals with different nature, peculiarity, development, challenges and marketing (Kennedy, 1992). The available material has largely upheld the production of more and better metal arts, many of which have become of world acclaim, but it is silent on the aspect of preservation of the art. This article discusses the outdoor metal arts that have been produced by both students and lecturers from the departments of sculpture and ceramics within Takoradi Polytechnic and how the issue of conservation has been continuously missed out. A qualitative methodology was used. Observation, interview and documentation were the research instrument adopted. The population of the study included lecturers from the Departments of Sculpture and Ceramic, practicing artists and student artists. Research findings indicate that
the stakeholders are generally informed about metals used for outdoor sculptures. However, they had limited knowledge about their chemical composition that subsequently determines conservatory approaches applicable to metals. Conservation was limited to application of anti- rust paint to prevent rusting. The study recommends introduction of deliberate programmes on maintenance of artifacts such as metal art that are valuable for the beautification of the school’s environment.