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Berkeley Framer Gets Creative with Andy Warhol and Optium Museum Acrylic®

By Maureen O'Connor, Tru Vue Marketing Manager

In a recent post, custom framers talked about the additional creativity that Optium Museum Acrylic® allows when they are confronted with unusual framing requests from customers. One great example of this comes from The Framer’s Workshop in Berkeley, CA.

 

A leading luxury automaker in Sunnyvale, CA, contacted them with a request to add protection to an iconic Andy Warhol piece “Mercedes-Benz” that hangs in the elevator lobby of the company’s offices. The original was framed in a floater frame without any glazing. Though the automaker had installed an alarm system to deter theft, the piece had no protection from UV or other kinds of damage the right type of glazing would provide.

 

 

Calling upon the creativity of The Framer’s Workshop, the client’s preference was to add the glazing without removing the Warhol. Given this request, the standard solution of bringing the piece to the shop, adding acrylic over the floater frame and securing it with a white cap frame fell short of what the client wanted.

 

 

The Framer’s Workshop rose to the challenge with multiple proposals to add glazing to the floater frame and shared them with the client using Photoshop visualizations. The automaker opted for a box made from Optium Museum Acrylic with one-inch-wide flanges that secured the box frame to the wall, completely encasing the canvas piece and its original floater frame without disturbing it.

 

 

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“Abrasion resistant Optium Museum Acrylic is the ideal solution for protecting large, valuable works of art from UV light and physical damage while simultaneously reducing unwanted glare from lighting sources,” said owner Kirstie Bennett in a recent article featured on the shop’s website – Click here to read.

 

 

Optium Museum Acrylic enabled The Framer’s Workshop to meet their client’s desire to keep the art and frame in place without impairing the viewer’s ability to fully appreciate it thanks to the ease of working with the product on unusual mounting techniques, in this case drilling the acrylic into the wall. The product’s anti-static properties make it the best glazing solution for works on canvas. The abrasion-resistant and shatter-proof qualities of Optium Museum Acrylic was the perfect solution to protect the piece in such a high-traffic area, an elevator lobby. Like all Tru Vue conservation-grade glazing products, it offers 99% UV protection, to protect this original artwork from fading .

 

 

Tru Vue is always thrilled to hear about framers utilizing our glazing to find ingenious solutions to meet their customer’s needs. For more information on Optium Museum Acrylic, visit our product page and check out this article from Kirstie on when and how to recommend Optium Museum Acrylic to customers.

This article is intended for educational purposes only and does not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) individually and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of Tru Vue or its employees. Tru Vue does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented.

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