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Just three days after the start of the five-year rehabilitation of the Bridge of Lions, the City of St. Augustine removed the landmark marble statues from which the bridge derived its name. The move was to ensure that the statures were protected during the rehabilitation project. In fact, their departure signaled the start of the project and their return will signal the completion.
A gift to the city from Dr. Andrew Anderson, a native of St. Augustine who became a close friend of Henry Flagler and served as the city’s mayor in 1886, the lions have stood guard over the entrance to Anastasia Island for more than 80 years and are most certainly among the most famous and most photographed landmarks in St. Augustine.
While in storage it is an opportune time to perform restoration of the statues. After an extensive national search for qualified professionals to perform the work, the city recently awarded the contract to St. Augustine sculptor Enzo Torcoletti. Restoration work will be conducted this fall assuring the lions are ready for their triumphant return when the bridge project is complete.
Torcoletti studied art in his native Italy prior to receiving a degree in sculpture and printmaking from the University of Windsor in 1969 and a graduate degree in sculpture from Florida State University. In 1971 he moved to St. Augustine and joined the faculty of Flagler College and today maintains his sculpture studios in St. Augustine and in Italy. Torcoletti is known as an innovative sculptor with traditional ethics of workmanship working in stone, wood as well as other materials. His credentials as a conservationist are well respected throughout his profession.
The restoration work will follow National Park Service procedures and will involve extensive cleaning of the statues, repair of hairline cracks in the marble and then application of a water resistant coating.
For more information on the Bridge of Lions restoration, visit www.fdotbridgeoflions.com.