Save Outdoor Sculpture!

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The SOS! Logo

Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) was a community-based effort to identify, document, and conserve outdoor sculpture in the United States.[1][2] The program was initiated in 1989 and ended in 1999.[3][4]


Eagle statute by Adolph Alexander Weinman displayed at the National Zoo and included in the Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey

Save Outdoor Sculpture! was initiated by Heritage Preservation: The National Institute of Conservation in 1989.[3] As of 1998, volunteers have cataloged and assessed the condition of over 30,000 outdoor statues and monuments.[5]

The Smithsonian Museum of American Art became an active partner in the SOS! project, making SOS! material is available online as part of the Inventory of American Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[6]

In the 1990s the organization funded a Cleveland Sculpture Center effort to inventory and preserve 36 sculptures in Ohio.[7]

Educational programs[edit]

A primary objective of SOS! is to educate, and a number of programs have been created for children. For example, SOS! has partnered with the Girl Scouts of the USA to create a Girl Scout patch[8][9] for scouts who participate in the project.


  1. ^ "Sculpture". 1992.
  2. ^ "Vernacular Architecture Newsletter". 1991.
  3. ^ a b "Save Outdoor Sculpture!: A Community-Based Conservation Program, Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter 22.2 (Summer 2007)". Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  4. ^ "Save Outdoor Sculpture! | Smithsonian American Art Museum".
  5. ^ McRae, Linda; White, Lynda S. (1998). ArtMARC Sourcebook: Cataloging Art, Architecture, and Their Visual Images. ISBN 9780838907238.
  6. ^ "The Inventory is part of the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System". Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  7. ^ "Sculpture Center's revived database is back online with guide for outdoor-art lovers". 2012-12-28.
  8. ^ "Save Outdoor Sculpture! Girl Scout Patch Program (update)" (PDF). Heritage Preservation. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2001-06-05. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  9. ^ "SOS! Girl Scout Patch Program" (PDF). Cultural Heritage. 2000. Retrieved 2021-07-12.

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