Hurricane Isaac : Protect and Save Collectibles and Artwork
Hurricane Isaac - How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine ArtHurricane Isaac is bearing down on the Gulf States as I write this. If youlive or work in an area located near the ocean, in a coastal county, or onthe bay, the protection of your family treasures, heirlooms, collectiblesand fine art should be a major part of your disaster preparation andemergency preparedness. Securing or anchoring down your collectiblesahead of time will minimize any possible future damage, and possiblyavoid insurance claims and heartache. The following steps are a fewways you can prevent any damage to your valuable collection prior toHurricane Isaac striking.Prior To The Arrival of the Hurricane1. Make sure all wall hanging supports are tightly secured. Alwaysremember; wet plaster becomes very weak, artwork that hangs on anyplaster walls could easily fall. Be sure that any art hanging on the
outside walls of your house are properly spaced away from the walls.Spacers may be bought from your local hardware center or made byscrewing or taping boards on the backs of the frames. If you can, wrapor drape non-sticky art in plastic to help prevent any damage fromwater. Any works in glass frames can be taped, Plexiglas however shouldNOT be taped (it will me marred and it doesn’t break anyway). Youshould use Museum Wax for helping to anchor any framed art to thewalls. See a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E2. You should anchor down any collectibles (crystal, ceramics, statuesetc) in your home as shown in the above video.3. If any works should be taken down from the wall, put them in a roomin the interior of your house. Items should be elevated a minimum of 3inches above the floor on foam or wooden blocks. Any surfaces that arenot tacky may be wrapped with plastic sheets. Stacked works should beseparated with pieces of cardboard that are larger than the frames.4. If you have outdoor sculptures they can be brought into the house orproperly secured outside. You can protect any sculptures left outsidefrom sand and flying debris by wrapping them in burlap bags orblankets tied securely with ropes.5. List all of the works you have in the collection. Include specific notesconcerning any already existing damage, be sure to include conditiondetails for the bases and frames. Be sure and secure the list in a separatelocation, or even online. If the need for an insurance claim should ariseyou will need proper documentation. A client from Virginia Beach, VAlost documentation and artwork last year due to it all being at the sameplace… their claims went on for several years and were nevernegotiated to anyone’s satisfaction. Dont let this happen to you, alwaysbe prepared. This last suggestion may be a lot of work but it will SAVEYOU!
If you require the services of a qualified professional conservator, mostquality art handling companies, art insurance companies, museums, artgalleries and quality framers can most likely provide you with referralsfor appraisers, conservators, fine art storage providers and artprofessionals near you. Be sure to get second or even third opinionsbecause many art professionals may not have good judgment as to thebest quality of professional conservation. Remember too that a goodcraftsman does not make, necessarily a good business man. So, whilethey may do a good job cleaning, for example, them may drive you crazywith estimates, timelines etc. So, ask around.Mimzy Allen, Art Researcher and ConsultantSuggestions ustilized in this article came from “How to Save Your Stufffrom a Disaster http://www.saveyourstuff.com Click on “Products” onscroll on left.Art conservation questions? Call Scott Haskins 805 564 3438 Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121See a quick video tour of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories athttp://www.fineartconservationlab.com Leave a comment!See a quick video on using Museum Waxhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E