By Craig Chamberlain Weather, wildlife and vandals have taken their toll on some of the 100 outdoor sculptures on display at the UI's Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center, near Monticello. But two sculptures at the top of the park's restoration list will soon get the attention they need, and park visitors will have the opportunity to view the process beginning April 15. The work is made possible by a $14,339 Conservation Project Support grant from the Institute for Museum Services, a federal agency that provides general operating support for museums. Local conservator Sharon Koehler has been hired to carry out the project. A dozen sculptures have been identified as needing significant restoration. By making the restoration of the two sculptures into demonstration projects, Allerton Director Jerrold Soesbe said park officials hope to educate staff on the proper care and maintenance of the sculptures and to inform park visitors on the role of conservation in the preservation of public art collections, especially outdoor sculpture. "Finally, we hope to educate potential donors about the need for funding to treat and maintain other objects in the Allerton collection," he said. One of the two sculptures, "Girl With a Scarf," is a life- size abstract figure created by German artist Lili Auer in 1941. One of the first works of art to be made from modeled cement, it was purchased by Robert Allerton in 1942 and placed at the focal point of the park's Brick Walled Garden. After more than 50 years in that spot, the sculpture has been discolored by lichen and weakened by cracks and surface loss, Koehler said. Restoration should take about three weeks, after which it will be returned to the garden. The other sculpture, "Venus," is a skilled copy, by an unknown 19th-century artist, of Italian sculptor Antonio Canova's "Venus Italica." Carved in Carrara marble, "Venus" has deteriorated rapidly in its exposed location in the park's formal gardens. Its surface has become "sugary," and the figure has sustained major cracks and fissures, Koehler said. Restoration should take about five weeks, after which it will be displayed in a more protected location, possibly indoors. Most of the restoration work will be done between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday each week in a building near the park's visitor center. Those interested in viewing the restoration should stop at the visitor center during those hours - although anyone making a special trip is advised to call ahead, at 244-1035, since the schedule is subject to change.