Friday, January 27, 2017
The Link Hanger has a ‘bronzed’ finish that blends quietly with the shadows behind the artwork, and incorporates measures to improve security, allow for adjustment during installation or connect with storage options when not on display.
This fixing also carries the official stamp of approval by the UK Government’s Museum & Galleries Commission.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Absolute floor mounted barrier system is ideally suited to a more permanent display and has the added benefit of appearing more discreet than the Freestanding version whilst still indicating that visitors should not touch the exhibits. It’s neutral finish and simple clean lines sit comfortably within the museum and gallery environment, gently reminding the public of it’s presence without clashing with the display or decor.
The clever bit is a stretchy cord, that fits snugly into the top of each post, drawing a neat line in the air, avoiding the distraction of that dreadful droopy rope, and because the elasticated cord makes a straight line, it blends with the architecture of the building helping the barriers to become less obvious and ensuring the artwork is the object of attention.
The timber floor mounted version of our barrier system has an upright that fits snugly into a stainless steel floor socket and supports the elasticated cord which defines restricted access, but gives to the touch thus avoiding tripping or injury. This socket has a small flange at the top that allows it to be screwed to the floor.
If required the uprights can be removed and the socket filled with a flush fitting plug that leaves a smooth trip free stainless circle of 60mm diameter.
The floor-mounted version for stone or concrete floors of our barrier system has an upright that fits snugly into a small stainless steel floor socket and supports the elasticated cord which defines restricted access, but gives to the touch thus avoiding tripping or injury. The socket has a lip of just 2.5mm making this a very discrete installation. As with the Freestanding barrier, this features our injection moulded top that helps prevent ‘little fingers' from removing the cap. If required the uprights can be removed and the socket filled with a flush fitting plug that leaves a smooth, trip-free stainless circle of just 25mm.
We recommend a maximum of 10 feet
or 3 meters between these barriers.
For more information on the Floor Mounted Barrier system:
Monday, January 23, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
This is our most robust track. With the correct installation it will carry loads of half a ton. At the same time, it is also our most discreet track, with a narrow slot of just 8 mm visible when the track is installed. The Flush Mounted Track has been designed for installation during the construction phase, and will blend seamlessly with the building structure to provide a readily accessible fixing, enabling artworks to be hung at any point and any height. Artworks can then be hung using a variety of materials including transparent cord, stainless cable or stainless rod. We have found this extrusion to be of particular interest to architects and designers as it is easy to install during construction and provides a flexible system with a very low visual profile.
Each cable or rod requires a top block.
*Screws not included due to different use scenarios*
This track is the strongest discreet track on the market. If you intend to hang very heavy works (in excess of 250 lbs) then we recommend drilling additional holes along the top edge.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
African Mask Display Stands
African ritual and ceremonial masks are usually made of wood and have holes along the sides where string or cord was used to hold the African mask in place. These holes can be used to mount the African mask on a display stand or hang on a wall. You could simply run a string or wire through the holes of the African mask to hang it, or mount it on a display base with an armature. The metal wire follows the inside perimeter so it cannot be seen through the openings in the mask such as the eyes and mouth. The wire goes into a hole on each side of the African mask to hold it in place. It looks better to bend the post where it comes to the bottom of the African mask back and away from the mask, then down to the base. This will add dimension and keeps the post back from the mask. The display base is commonly made of metal or other materials can be used such as acrylic or wood. Custom mounting for African masks can range from $80 to $400 depending on quality of the display mount and size of the mask. Our custom division, 10-31 Inc., has been mounting African masks for over 30 years. They carefully mount the African mask with just the right proportions and finesse giving it a very clean look.
Another alternative for making African mask displays is to do it yourself. Art Display Essentials has stock “T”-arm displays that can be used to make an African mask stand. They come as a basic “T” shape that you can bend the arms down and place into the side holes. The height of the post could be adjusted although you would need a hack saw or bolt cutters to cut through the ¼” steel. You can see these “T”-arm African and tribal mask stands here:
Other masks, including masks that are not African, may be made of metal like copper or bronze; or stone such as jade or steatite. The stock stands may or may not work with these depending on size and weight. However, a custom mount can be made by 10-31 Inc.
African MaskAfrican masks are typically used for rituals and ceremonies and are also a popular collector’s item, also seen in galleries and museums. Some African mask types are: Baule Mask, Biombo Mask, Bwa Mask, Dan Mask, Goma Mask, Kota Mask, Kwele Mask, Ligbi Mask, Lulua Mask, Lwalwa Mask, Pende Mask, Punu Mask, Senufo Mask, Teke Mask, Woyo Mask, Yohure Mask.
The stock T-arms can also be used for many other Artifacts such as: usahbtis, celts, etruscans, coreform glass, bronzes, Egyptian, Roman, and Greek artifacts, faience pieces, amulets, jades, terra cotta figures, byzantine, olmec, and mezcala figures, pre columbian, mayan, aztec artifacts and so on.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sleek SimplicityThe Label Holder is an industry standard. Absolute has completely re-engineered it to make it slimmer, stronger and cost effective.
Inform Effectively and DiscreetlyThe objective is to offer information in the simplest, least distracting manner possible, and the Label Holder does this by displaying information about the artwork in an easy to read and discreet manner. Close enough to inform but not so close as to distract. The Label Holder works by sliding the cover to one side and inserting the information ‘label’.
Dimensions and FinishThe Aluminium-Backed version of our Label Holder has a thin extruded aluminium backplate with a clear acrylic cover. It has the advantage of being extremely slim, robust (it will last far longer than the all acrylic version), cost effective and comes with a single screw fixing (on the smaller sizes) to aid positioning and leveling. Sizes range from 2x4 to 11x14 Landscape.
Useful Tips and Guidelines
For the smaller sizes of Label Holder with a single screw fixing, displays that may be subject to touching by the public can be ‘fixed in place’ by putting a small dab of blue tack in one corner on the back of the Label Holder. Then when the holder is level and the screw tightened, it will remain in that position.
When installing on a fabric-covered wall, a screw fixing will probably damage the surface of the material. In this instance we recommend using one of the hardened steel pins with a shallow brass head from picture hanger hooks, as these will sit within the countersink and pierce between the fabric threads, leaving little or no damage, even, when done carefully, on silk covered walls.
For more information on Label Holders:
Friday, January 6, 2017
#VanGoghStories The young Vincent proposed to three women: Caroline Haanebeek in 1872, Eugénie Loyer in 1873 and Kee Vos-Stricker in 1881. All three turned him down. Why? Read the story on our website! #VanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #Art #proposal #Story #Website
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