The Mayo brothers' statues return to Mayo Park on Monday -- from a media advisory put out by Mayo Civic Center:
Iconic Mayo Brothers Sculpture Will be Re-Installed in Mayo Park on August 1
July 28, 2016 (Rochester, MN) -- After being restored by a professional conservator, the Mayo Memorial will be returned to its original location in Mayo Park behind Mayo Civic Center at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, August 1. Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede will be onsite at that time and available for media interviews about the Memorial and its significance.
- History:The iconic memorial, first installed in Mayo Park in 1950, consists of eight-foot bronze statues of Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo in their surgeons’ operating gowns. The idea for the memorial was initiated by a group of community leaders and members who formed the Mayo Memorial Association. The association selected Winona-born sculptor James Earle Fraser for the project. Fraser was renowned for works such as the Benjamin Franklin statue in Philadelphia and New York’s Theodore Roosevelt memorial. For more information, visit ourpublic art page and click on the links to our historical photos and booklet.
- Location change:The Mayo Memorial was originally located in Mayo Park, behind Mayo Civic Center, in an open-air, semi-circle granite amphitheater. The original sculptor intended the amphitheater to be symbolic of the operating rooms where the Mayo Brothers worked. The sculpture was eventually moved to the front of Mayo Civic Center, but will be returned to its original amphitheater location on August 1 to honor the vision of the original artist.
- Restoration:Professional conservator Kristin Cheronis of Minneapolis conducted the inspection and restoration of the sculpture after it was removed in 2015 from Mayo Civic Center when the center’s current expansion project began. The bronze sculpture required tar-removal on the underside, reparation of cracks, cleansing, buffing, reinforcement, and application of a protective wax coating.