Protecting Paintings and Fine Art Sculptures in Wet Climates

fine art sculptures and painting storage in wet climatesOne of the most imposing nemeses to fine art sculptures and paintings is wet climates very familiar to us in the Pacific Northwest. Moisture can cause a multitude of problems for the integrity of artwork, including the stretching, shrinking, bleeding, and fading of wooden frames, canvases, and sculpture materials. Because these hazardous environmental conditions are so prevalent in the region year-round, curators must rely on quality art logistics partners to take every precaution to protect fine art sculptures and paintings during storage and transportation.

The expert team at Art Work Fine Art Services is the premier partner to store paintings and artwork in the pacific northwest. We are expertly prepared to equip any art piece with what it needs to weather any unique conditions.

The Importance of Climate Control and Safety Systems in Artwork Storage

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for artwork storage climate control and safety. Different conditions treat artwork differently, depending greatly on the type of paint, drawing material, canvas types, frame type, or sculpture material, including wood, plaster, metal, glass, and more. A trusted art logistics partner will conduct an extensive interview and research process to ensure that, whether curators need to store a single piece or an entire collection, their artwork gets the custom attention it deserves, ensuring that it is transported safely and stored in the best conditions.

Art Work Fine Art Services’ team is made up of career art professionals with the highest caliber of training. Our team demonstrates a diverse knowledge of materials, meaning that curators can rely on our expert knowledge to find the best storage and transportation solutions for your artwork.

Temperature and humidity are monitored in our storage facilities through leading technology, which remains active 24/7. We stay at the top of the art logistics industry by performing quarterly reviews of all of our systems.

“During our wet winters, we adjust our climate systems to be more efficient in the way they maintain the temperature and humidity in our art storage facilities,” says Acacia Philips, President at Art Work Fine Art Services. “Our clients can rest assured knowing that live managers can reach our warehouse at any time, able to respond swiftly for any notification.”

Our storage facilities also deploy closed-circuit video surveillance, smoke detection and fire suppression systems, sensors for motion, heat, vibration, and internal management of facilities. No matter the outside weather conditions, clients may rest assured that their pieces are protected from the elements. 

Why Artwork FAS is the Leading Partner for Large Sculpture Storage Solutions

Sculptures require special attention when considering cold and wet climates, especially during storage, transportation, and installation. Our company uses specially designed and built shelving, meaning that even the largest and most cumbersome pieces have a storage space. Our climate-controlled sculpture storage solutions mean that, regardless of sculpture material, pieces will be stored in ideal conditions.

Art Work provides exclusive transportation options, meaning that pieces are transported without stopping. Because doors are not opened and shut throughout the transportation process, pieces receive an added layer of protection.

For sculptures that must be installed outdoors, Art Work FAS provides weathering solutions to protect sculptures from wind, snow, heat, moisture, and earthquakes.

Specialized Knowledge From Our Experts in Fine Art Handling

For nearly 30 years, Art Work Fine Art Services has served as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for fine art handling, domestic and international shipping, warehousing, and preservation of artwork. 

Our team is made up of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.  

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