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How the ‘Seven Deadly Agents of Destruction’ can help preserve the Crystal Palace DinosaursLiesa Brierley, Ellinor Michel, Anthony Lewis, Chris Aldhous and Lois OlmsteadIntroductionCompared to collections kept safe inside museums, outdoor sculpture is affected by additional risk factors. Sculpture in the public realm is exposed to the elements, pollution and direct sunshine. It is more vulnerable to vandalism and the proximity to nature can also take its toll. At the same time, the condition of outdoor sculpture is often not monitored as rigorously as that of museum collections. However, damage doesn’t go unnoticed by the public and, channelled in the right way, the public’s critical eye can be turned to positive pressure, increasing support for conservation work and helping to improve conditions for the displays.To conservation professionals, the Canadian Conservation Institute’s framework of Ten Agents of Deterioration is a familiar and well-established way of describing risk factors...