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Low Temperature Art Preservation Techniques

5/9/16 12:33 PM

Protecting art and ancient artifacts is an important way of preserving history and carrying it on for future generations to enjoy. Unfortunately, preserving these precious artifacts can be difficult. Everyday nuisances such as bugs, dust and heat can be devastating to delicate pieces of art.

There are many different approaches to combatting the degradation of the art. Some involve using chemicals to discourage pests from destroying the work. One new trend is using temperature instead of chemicals to provide safe storage for all art.

Deep-freezing art is one method that has become more widely used in the past few years. This involves storing art and artifacts in ultralow temperatures to keep them insect-free. The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), located in Qatar, now has a deep-freezer for storage of artifacts before they are put on display.

The specially designed freezer at the museum is kept at a constant -45 °C (-49 °F), a temperature too low for undesirable pests to survive. Unlike chemical fumigants, deep-freezing is 100% effective in killing pests and leaves no residue that could potentially stain or corrode the pieces they are trying to preserve.

Although some objects, such as wood, can not be kept at the low temperatures, using freezing temperatures to preserve art is proving to be working well.

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