The Detroit Institute of Arts is conserving the large-scale outdoor sculpture Gracehoper by artist Tony Smith. In collaboration with the Tony Smith Estate, paint specialists and outdoor sculpture conservation specialists, the conservation team developed a plan that honors the artist’s vision while using innovative advancements in paint technology. The treatment is scheduled to begin July 15, 2013 and estimated to take two months. Visitors can watch the conservation process in action at the viewing station off Kirby Street. The museum will be posting periodic updates about the project on the DIAâ€™s Gracehoper webpage at: www.dia.org/gracehoper. Those interested can tweet questions to the DIAâ€™s conservation team (@DIAconservation #gracehoper) or follow the progress of the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DetroitInstituteofArts.