This project will restore the group of white concrete casts of Trajan ‘s column made in 1933 from the first plaster  casts of 1861 commissioned  by Napoleon  III. There are   110 pieces and if lined up, would stretch over two football fields long. The casts represent the areas of Trajan’s column whose original molds were given to Pius IX.  The importance of these casts is that they are more resistant than plaster to the ravages of time and allow for the close up study (which would normally be impossible) for anyone studying the monumental column, one of Rome’s most famous artifacts from antiquity. This is a much-needed restoration. The placement of the restored casts will depend on the results of the restoration. (Estimated costs: €375,000)