You’ve spent a lot of time — and probably a great deal of money — compiling that beautiful art collection you’re so proud to show off to your visitors. But here’s a sobering thought: A natural disaster such as an earthquake could destroy your pieces in a matter of seconds. If you’re a museum curator or art gallery owner, this type of event is not only disastrous to your collection, it could lead to the end of your livelihood. With the likelihood of natural disasters increasing every year, the time to start preparing is now.
What Are the Effects of Earthquakes on Art?
The impact an earthquake will have on artworks will depend on the severity. A significant seismic event that causes walls, ceilings and floors to collapse will probably destroy your collection as well — there’s little you can do to mitigate the effects of Mother Nature at her worst. However, you can certainly protect art from natural disasters that aren’t quite as severe.
Developing a Disaster Plan to Protect Your Artwork
Preparation is the key to keeping your artwork safe during a natural disaster.
Conduct a comprehensive structural assessment of your building to determine areas of vulnerability.
If possible, relocate your pieces to areas that are more structurally sound.
Train your staff so they know what to do when an earthquake occurs.
Prioritize the pieces most important to you. Although many quakes last just a few seconds, there might still be enough time to grab a piece or two and move them to a safe storage area.
Never put yourself in harms way to protect your art. No matter how valuable the piece, it’s not worth risking your life.
Using Museum Putty to Secure Valuable Objects
ven some of the most well cared for works of art have been lost in earthquakes, including The Colossus of Rhodes—an enormous statute of the Greek Titan Helios—and more recently, French artist Jean L’ Homme’s painting The Forgiveness of Assisi (lost in an earthquake in Italy in 2016).
But there is a simple trick that can go a long way in keeping works of art stable in a quake.
Most professionals use museum putty—a blended rubber material—to provide some extra insurance against a quake. Also known as “earthquake putty,” museum putty can secure opaque items such as statues, pottery, antiques and collectibles without damaging their finish.
Earthquake putty is easy to use. Just roll a small amount of the material into beads and place them on the bottom of the object. Press down lightly on the item to ensure the putty adheres to the support structure or display stand.
Museum professionals are well aware of the brazen acts of art thieves. Their impudent crimes make headlines weekly and despite the best efforts of art detectives, some of these crimes are never resolved. Small paintings and valuable easy-to-grab objects such as historic jewelry, ceramics and ancient collectibles are the items of preference for these heist masterminds.
A simple and affordable investment to prevent your art institution from becoming a heist victim can be found in clear acrylic dust covers for art pedestals. These precision-made transparent covers can safeguard precious art objects from environmental concerns such as dust, UV rays and humidity; while also creating a protective capsule that becomes the first line of defense versus would-be thieves or just clumsy museum goers.
Clear acrylic covers can be added to your pedestals or review our selection of in-house constructed pedestals that accommodate the dust covers with a crisp step-up system. The pedestals and cover combos can come with locks or security screws that prevent the acrylic top from being removed or tampered with. Art thieves have been known to go the extra mile by replacing valuable tokens with replicas and facsimiles to attain the sought after masterpieces. Locking systems give custodians of artifacts the key to maintaining an undisturbed display.
Turntables, spot light or ambient light systems can be included to the dust cover pedestals. These display solutions not only guard against robbers but will elevate the art objects by giving them an impressive home. Whether you are a museum curator concerned with invaluable works of art and objects of historical importance, or an art collector in need of protection solutions, consider the peace of mind that these custom pedestals with clear acrylic dust covers can provide for you. Contact us to learn about our American made display products and their security features.
Do you know which artistic holiday kicks off each year on May 1st? It’s Creative Beginnings Month. So, you may want to contemplate stocking up on art stands now. They’re a wonderful way to spotlight work by burgeoning artists of all types as well as key pieces completed by professional artists of note. Consequently, the stands may be used often and will fit into most event planners’ promotional budgets for Creative Beginnings Month festivities.
If you don’t have a lot of funds to work with for Creative Beginnings Month promotions, ask our art stand experts about Pedestal Source’s economy line. It contains 3-part, portable pedestals that cost less than $60 each. They are perfect for day, week or month-long events involving children, offsite venues, large crowds and limited budgets.
Larger, more complex art stands are available at Pedestal Source too. Even though they are not as portable as the stands found in our economy line, many event planners love utilizing them in high-profile situations. They tend to like the way the art stands look in photos and videos. Furthermore, they appreciate the craftsmanship, thought and quality of materials that goes into every aspect of each art stand’s construction.
We have art stands manufactured from wood, metal, laminate, acrylic and other materials that would be appropriate for Creative Beginnings Month events. Subsequently, if you have a particular need, please let us know. We’d be delighted to craft the ideal art stands for any given event. Plus, we can design corresponding components for your Creative Beginnings events too. For instance, our artists can build oversized display cases, tables and wall shelving for events that are expected to last longer than a day. To learn more about our complete collection of art stands and custom services, please contact us online or toll-free at Pedestal Source.
Since 1980, internationally recognized woodcut print maker and artist Andrea Rich has traveled the world observing wildlife in their natural habitat. Madagascar, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Africa and Europe are some of the places outside North America that she has visited in search of interesting subjects.
While predominantly recognized for her woodcuts, it is Andrea’s sculptures that really caught our eyes. The animated yet true to life posturing of her art pieces are spot-on and endlessly engaging.
“…(S)ometimes the most striking feature is the form or posture of the animal,” Andrea explains on her website, “When the form captures my eye, I find it most pleasurable to let go the consideration of color or composition and the animal’s relation to the surrounding, and simply concentrate on the form alone. Sculpture seems an excellent medium for this new interest of mine.”
Eric Cahan’s fine art photographs and sculptures inspired by color, nature, and memory are consistently shown in galleries in and around his native New York. A devotee of contemporary art, Cahan’s influences include Mark Rothko, James Turrell, and the Light and Space movement, a brand of minimalism that originated in Southern California in the 1960s and focused on perceptual phenomena such as light, space, volume and scale. When he visited Turrell’s Roden Crater Project, Cahan felt an intense connection to the visionary masterpiece. As Turrell stated, Cahan believes that “light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”
The photographs in the ongoing Sky Series are initially captured as sunrises or sunsets. Cahan uses as many as four different cameras ranging from 6 x 7 film to digital. Employing dozens of graduated filters traditionally used by filmmakers, his objective is to create a window into a time and a place, and to demonstrate how memories and colors shift and become abstract. Cahan produces chromium prints of each image numerous times until the result is seamless, free of banding or blemish. Beyond technical description, the picture evokes the presence of, and the artist’s reverence for, nature at its most sublime.
Made from the same surface material as surfboards and sailboards, Cahan’s polyester resin sculptures are three-dimensional interpretations of his photographs, similarly meant to capture light and conjure the sensation of looking into the sky or the ocean. “My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”
We are indeed grateful that Eric selected Pedestal Source to build custom fixtures for displaying his fine art pieces, and look forward to watching the expression of his creativity for years to come.
Few artisans have mastered the complexities and intricacies of kinetic art as David C. Roy. His sculptures are comprised of delicate, precise wood forms put into motion by the constant force of a wound spring. After a simple winding, they entertain with motion and soft sounds for hours.
His website “Wood that Works” showcases his portfolio, his blog and is loaded with embedded YouTube videos showing his kinetic sculptures in action. If you have a few minutes to blow, we would highly recommend you check it out!