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Paintings, vases, glassware, ceramics, sculptures, or museum collections are often stored or displayed without any seismic restraints.
- Typical Causes of Damage
- Seismic Mitigation Considerations
- Loose items on shelves or hanging items may slide, bang, overturn, or fall. Paintings or other wall hangings may fall Sculptures may slide or fall due to shaking.
- Many proprietary safety straps, mats, small enclosures, base isolation platforms, and other devices are available to protect fragile or expensive art, collectibles and other artifacts. Check the internet for available devices.
- Items hanging on walls should be secured with a positive attachment such as an eyebolt with closed wire loops. Ceramics, glassware, and decorative items on shelves should be individually restrained or provide edge restraint for the shelves. Items hanging from the ceiling should be anchored to structural framing; heavy items should not be located where they can swing and impact a window, wall, or other object. Provide positive restraint for statuary and large vases. Items displayed outdoors must be protected from corrosion and weathering; mounting and connection hardware should be corrosion resistant.
- For protection of valuable items and museum artifacts, seek professional guidance. The J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, California have published a number of references, such as Advances in the Protection of Museum Collections from Earthquake Damage (Podany, 2006) and Building an Emergency Plan, a Guide for Museums and other Cultural Institutions (Dorge and Jones, 1999).
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