Restoration of the Cathedral of Cartagena, Colombia
In a cooperative
effort between the Colombia Minister of Culture, the Colombia
Center of Restoration, the Bishop of The Catholic Church of Cartagena,
international volunteer university students of restoration from:
Colombia, France, New Zeeland, Greece, and under the on-site direction
of RSF of France, the interior restoration of this historic and
beautiful cathedral is slowly and painstakingly progressing.
Restorers Sin (without) Frontiers, is a non profit organization
based in France. RSF is donating highly skilled craftsmen,
technical expertise, and equipment for the restoration of
the Cathedral. Their volunteer work includes many sites
around the world, and our contact was Mr. Tomas Van Der
Hammen from Holland.
Van Der Hammen
not working as a professional restorer, somewhere in the
world, Tom resides in France with his French wife and their
children. Mr. Hammen´s papa is from Holland and his
mother from Colombia, so this restoration is of special
"personal" importance. Tom's specialty is wood.
He knows wood of all types, and how best to inventory, catalogue,
remove, restore and preserve artistic works made with a
that the major problems with the Cathedral, were water damage
leaking in from windows, and termites. Worldwide, these are the
most common "natural" causes of historic art damage.
join Tom as he shows us some of the progress of the restoration
work of the Cathedral of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.