'Umbrella Guy' gets the spa treatment, returned to Pioneer Courthouse Square

Keith Lachowicz, collections manager for Regional Arts and Culture Council, poses with the newly renovated "The Umbrella Guy" statue in Pioneer Courthouse Square. (KATU Photo)

After six months away, he's back.

The bronze statue that's greeted visitors to Pioneer Courthouse Square for years has returned to Portland's Living Room.

The sculpture, installed in 1984, is officially called "Allow Me." But a lot of people simply refer to it as "The Umbrella Guy."

With the ongoing renovation of the Square, the city saw an opportunity to give the umbrella guy a spa treatment.

“The first step was to remove all the old wax. So wax builds up over time. It’s the protective layer, but occasionally it needs to be removed and re-freshened,” said Keith Lachowicz, collections manager for Regional Arts and Culture Council. “So first step: remove all that old wax.”

After that a conservator was brought in to determine what the statue looked like originally. It was then painted accordingly and recoated in wax to guard against the elements.

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