Save Outdoor Sculpture!
Save Outdoor Sculpture! was founded in 1989 as a community-based effort to identify, document, and conserve American outdoor sculptures. Many museums and other cultural institutions, large and small, were involved with the project, which was jointly-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with funding from Target Stores, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Getty Grant Program, the Henry Luce Foundation, and others. Sadly, when Heritage Preservation disbanded in 2015, Save Outdoor Sculpture came to an end.
Part of SOS involved an initiative to introduce conservation and heritage to kids through an interactive website. SOS 4 Kids! also partnered with the Girl Scouts of America to create a Save Outdoor Sculpture patch. Girl scouts from a troop in Louisiana earned their badge in a project detailed on the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training blog, here.
Click here to see an archived verson of the original website!