Because of the deformations occurred during burial, the Mars of Zeugma was no longer able to keep its natural, standing position. It was therefore necessary to create a support to keep it standing.
Many aspects must be taken into account in the design of a support, which will help to define the best solution in different degrees. Among these, the most important is undoubtedly the state of conservation of the original material; it is clear that the main function fulfilled by the support is ensuring an appropriate distribution of forces. Another essential condition of the support is to not be visible, or at least not interfere in the overall reading of the sculpture and of its details.
To obtain these results a fully removable support has been designed to be placed inside the sculpture, with the function of distributing the load over sufficiently large areas and in better condition. The support, made entirely of stainless steel, is connected to a new base made of basalt, which reproduces the size of the bronze original base. This type of support allows a complete and optimal vision of the sculpture.