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Mathematica Timeline, 1964

By Charles and Ray Eames


Framed Art


Historic House/History Museum
The timeline after conservation treatment and Optium Museum Acrylic® glazing was installed. © The Henry Ford. Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford.
The seamed sheet of Optium Museum Acrylic® during installation. © The Henry Ford. Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford.


The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation


Printed paper and photographs (photography-print) affixed on to a painted Masonite fiberboard


40 in x 270 in (101 cm x 685cm)


Optium Museum Acrylic®

The Challenge

  • Large art work makes use of glass prohibitively heavy.
  • Displayed in high traffic area, susceptible to abrasions.
  • Dimensions of work exceed maximum sheet size of anti-static acrylic glazing available.

The Solution

Seamed Optium Museum Acrylic®

Shatter resistant
Safeguards against injury and damage to artwork and visitors.  This product is ideal for valuable works, high traffic areas, and public event spaces.

Acrylic is half the weight of glass; Ideal for large, heavy projects.

Anti-static protection exceeds that of glass
Immediately eliminates static charge.  Makes for safer, easier framing and less cleaning.

Abrasion resistant
A durable hard coat protects against scratches from cleaning and general exposure to the public.

Allows viewers to see the drawing without distracting reflections.

99% UV blocking
Protects the artwork from the most damaging light wavelengths, helping prevent fading and degradation.

Seamed Optium Museum Acrylic
SmallCorp seamed two sheets of Optium Museum Acrylic together.  Allows for the large art work to be glazed with anti-reflective and anti-static protection.

The Work

This time line montage, which measures over 22 feet in length, is included in Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond, a permanent exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation at The Henry Ford (THF) that opened on September 23, 2017. The exhibit contains both kinetic and static representations of mathematical ideas from the 20th Century American designers Charles and Ray Eames. This THF exhibit shows key interactive artifacts from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York that were on display at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center and the former Science and Technology Museum in Atlanta before being their acquisition in 2015.

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