It’s the art version of dealing with a kid’s hair lice before sending her to summer camp.
Before the city’s 1930s-era wooden bar, saved from the demolished Aztec Brewery in Barrio Logan, can be taken to a conservation studio in Los Angeles, art handlers need to rid it of termites.
Yesterday, the city’s public art manager, Dana Springs, got an urgent message from Wendell Eckholm, the art handler the city’s paying to transport several Aztec Brewery pieces to be conserved in L.A.
When Eckholm and his team from Artworks San Diego pulled the wooden bar out of storage in Santee, they realized it has been hit by termites.
They found bore holes, remnants of mud nests and weakened wood — not exactly the kind of evidence they’d want to risk introducing to ArtWorks’ pristine, climate-controlled art warehouse in Kearny Mesa, nor to the L.A. conservation studio.