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The Triton Fountain, eight months for a new life

Bernini’s masterpiece kicks off a conservation restoration effort targeting Rome’s most famous fountains; a call for sponsors has also been issued regarding the restoration of the Mausoleum of Augustus

Conservation restoration work on Rome’s renowned Triton Fountain is about to kick off, as announced by Mayor Gianni Alemanno on 19 November, during the inauguration ceremony for the statue dedicated to Pope John Paul II in the plaza facing the Termini Rail Station. The restoration effort is part of a broader project involving many of Rome’s best-known fountains, located on some of the city’s most famous streets and squares. Additionally,a call for sponsors has been issued regarding the restoration of the Mausoleum of Augustus.
Thanks to an investment worth € 240,175, the proceeds from advertising billboards on the enclosure surrounding the work site, Rome is able launch the restoration of the Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini. The fountain was built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1625, on commission from Pope Urban VIII Barberini.  
Following an initial assessment on the fountain’s conservation status, which was found to be in a state of worrying neglect, the restoration effort became a top priority for Roma Capitale’s Councillorship for Cultural Policies and Historic City Centre – Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. The restoration project will also include other famous Roman fountains, such as the Acqua Paola fountain in Piazza Trilussa, the Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna and the Leoni fountain in Piazza del Popolo.
The restoration of the Triton Fountain calls for the cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces, which will allow for the removal of all excrescences and limescale generated by the water spurting out of the conch into which the Triton is blowing.  This will be followed by the reinforcement and treatment of metal elements that are showing signs of oxidation, while all non-functional stucco will be removed.
All plumbing and drainage will be re-tested, as will the illumination system, and the damaged enclosure around the fountain will be repaired. The restoration work will last about eight months and will be carried out by ATI Building Communication S.r.l. – One S.r.l., together with A.R.A. s.n.c., a company specialized in restoring stonework, and will conclude in October 2013.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Triton Fountain, Piazza Barberini, Rome
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Triton Fountain, Piazza Barberini, Rome

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