Glass Art Sculpture: A True Conversation Piece
How To Keep It Safe While Still Enjoying It
Do you enjoy the beauty of a lovely piece of art? If you are like most art aficionados, you go to great lengths to ensure your art is kept clean and safe. But the fact is, your art must be viewed to be truly enjoyed. Whether it is a painting, a bust, a vase or an exquisite piece of glass art sculpture, the beauty of art is really only appreciated when it is able to be viewed daily.
Glass optical sculpture is certainly no different. The brilliance, the shimmer, the color spectrum it gives off in a variety of lights is simply without compare. Few other forms of art elicit such raw beauty.
But how can you keep your glass art clean and safe and still have others see it and enjoy it? After all, your home is not a museum and you certainly don’t want to turn your living room into an armored fortress.
A few simple tips will help ensure your glass art is kept safe and clean to be enjoyed by many for years to come.
Always place your glass art sculpture on a sturdy surface. Flimsy tables or placing your glass sculpture near the edge of a thin book shelf is probably not the best of ideas. Keep it safe by placing it only on a sturdy, solid surface as far back from the edge as possible, while still being able to enjoy it.
- If you are using a display pedestal to stand your glass art upon, just be sure it is large enough to safely hold your sculpture. Too small, and the display can become top-heavy and easily toppled. Earthquake or Museum wax used on your pedestal is a must for safety.
- Avoid placing glass art near a doorway, where pedestrian traffic may brush past it, or the swoosh of putting on a coat might cause it to tip over. Once again Museum wax used to hold your piece down is important.
- Avoid leaning objects, such as books, near your glass art sculpture. A sudden jolt to the surface they rest upon might just cause them to tilt and domino over, endangering your sculpture.
- Never use your glass art sculpture as a bookend or a paperweight. It might seem overly obvious, but you would be surprised how many people try this, often with disastrous results.
- Be wary of what you place over your glass art. If it resides on a sturdy table with a picture hanging on the wall just over it, be extra certain of the mounting that picture utilizes to ensure it does not drop off the wall hook and onto your glass sculpture. Better yet, either a stark white or brightly colored wall as the backdrop for your glass art, paired with dramatic lighting, may be all you need to make the piece truly stand out.
- When possible, a sturdy display case provides all the protection you will need to ensure the safety and security of your glass art. Just be sure the case is secured to the table of wall, and sits upon a level surface. Always take extra precautions for securing your display case if you live in earthquake prone areas. Earthquake or museum wax is highly recommended to place on the bottom of each glass sculpture.
- Earthquake or museum wax is highly recommended to place on the bottom of each glass sculpture. For example: If you have children, or plan on children visiting your home, use caution to secure your shimmering piece of glass art from curious, roving hands.
No one said you couldn’t display your glass sculpture for all to view. You can - just use common sense in its display, and remember these helpful tips to ensure the long life of your art. And should your glass art sculpture become damaged, know that you can find a professional glass repair professional to help restore the natural beauty of your art.
Are you looking for professional glass sculpture repair in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles? Bokrosh Studio has been creating original glass sculptures and completing top-quality glass art repairs since 1985. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, you can be sure your glass art is in the very best of hands. For more information on Museum Wax or if you have damaged glass please contact our repair and restoration professionals by calling 206-860-9748.
Author: Michael Bokrosh.