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    Published on 03-09-2010 01:00 PM
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    2. Tools/Equipment,
    3. Rigging
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    Compiled by Ashley McGrew
    Originally Posted 7/25/09





    Using a chain hoist on a standard trolley (not a geared type) means that the load can move easily along the axis of the gantry’s I-beam. This is what makes you able to move a load from one location to another if required. This ease of movement can also be useful because when lifting irregularly shaped objects (like sculpture versus say a ...
    Published on 03-08-2010 11:37 PM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Casework/Fabrication
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    Submitted by Mark Slattery
    Originally published 1/15/09



    One of the perennial problems for preparators in the museum and gallery context is the repeated flatting and raising of picture containers many of which can have considerable heft. At the National Gallery, London, we routinely used to place foam blocks on the floor and manually lower the containers onto these pads. Depending on size and weight, additional staff would be required to ‘foot’ the container to avoid it slipping out at the bottom as the case tilts. Typically, these operations will tie-up five technicians
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    Published on 03-08-2010 01:43 PM
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    2. Fasteners/Hardware,
    3. Installation
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    By Richard Hinson

    I can’t say how many times I’ve been asked the question, “How did you get that painting to stay on the wall?” Hanging a large painting on a wall poses many challenges and great potential for catastrophe. There are several factors that need to be assessed before proceeding with hanging a large, heavy painting. The weight alone of a large painting creates the possibility of dropping the object damaging both the frame and the painting, not to mention the potential of injury to
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    Published on 03-08-2010 01:32 PM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Resources,
    4. Project Management

    Presented at the PACIN Workshop on May 5, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana
    by Richard Hinson

    When we need to hire new staff, for most of us in the art handling business, experienced art handlers are hard to find. My experience has taught me that art handlers are created, not found. Like Victor Frankenstein did with his creation, we have to find the most qualified, best candidates for the job and piece by piece create an art handler. Sometimes the best candidate is someone with no former art handling experience.
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    Published on 03-08-2010 12:41 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Materials,
    3. Installation,
    4. Security
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    By Steve Short, Portland Art Museum



    Evolution and production of exhibit object mounts arise out of a variety of reasons:

    • The need or desire to optimize "view"-ability within the context of the display.
    • To provide or maintain a degree of security for the object.
    • Geographical factors, the museum or gallery is in an area known to experience the occasional earthquake, tremor or seismic jolt.
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    Published on 03-08-2010 11:31 AM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Casework/Fabrication

    by Richard Hinson

    When moving a painting of any size from one place to another it helps to have a specially designed cart to safely get the painting to its destination. Small paintings that can be carried by hand are susceptible to damage from excessive handling. Plus, there's additional risk from carrying the painting great distances. Small though it may be, when your museum spans the distance of several city blocks, hand carrying a painting isn't practical. And forget about the idea of
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    Published on 03-08-2010 10:23 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Crating,
    3. Tools/Equipment
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    A natural companion to the article on the custom tool designed and in use at the National Gallery in London, this posting is brought to PACIN courtesy of Jeff Coburn from Artex – Fine Arts Services
    Originally posted 2/22/09

    We were aware that a specialized piece of equipment was needed for moving crates during production and for packing. I ...

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