Seismic Mitigation for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum through mountmaking

Author(s): McKenzie Lowry

Year: 2017


As recent earthquakes in Oklahoma and Virginia have shown, even regions generally thought to be far from seismic zones are never truly immune to their effects. The development over the last thirty years of seismic mount systems that safely capture objects in 360 degrees, can offer solutions relevant to collections in a diversity of environments. Focus on this goal for the past few decades has led to a realization that more can be done to protect collections in advance of threats, leading to the evolution of mountmaking as a form of preventative conservation.

This paper will examine how modern mountmaking can mitigate destructive forces for collections on display. Examples of earthquake damage to collections will be examined and discussed in conjunction with modern preventative techniques, both simple and complex.

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Seismic Mitigation for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum through mountmaking. McKenzie Lowry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430096)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - California

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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16189