Friday, January 27, 2017

Link Hangers

The Link Hanger is a very popular solution for hanging larger works of art up to 200 kg in weight and has been designed to accommodate both rebated and flat backed frames. The ‘link’ provides an immensely strong support between wall and frame and automatically bridges the gap that is so often found on older, heavy artworks with large frames.

 

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.
 
 
 
 
The Link Hanger is formed from steel with an electroplated ‘bronze’ finish. Each set comprises two link hangers. They are 85mm high x 25mm wide.  All that you require to install the Link Hanger is screws to suit your particular artwork. We recommend using a 4mm diameter panhead screw, as these provide a clean smooth finish. If these are not available, then countersunk screws will also work.
When installing rebated frames, we suggest placing the Link Hanger well in from the edge so that it is ‘lost’ in the shadow behind the artwork.

 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Q-Cord in the Grammy Museum

 
Q-Cord Retractable Barriers at the Grammy Museum
 

Floor Mounted Barriers

This barrier is intended for environments where the installation may be of a more permanent nature and has the advantage of not requiring a large steel base for support.



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:
https://www.artdisplay.com/floor-mounted-barriers.html
http://museumbarriers.com/
https://www.pinterest.com/liveartloud/museums-and-galleries/
https://www.pinterest.com/easelsbyamron/museum-products/


 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hanging Hardware

The PDF file below has information and guidelines on choosing your hanging hardware for an Absolute Track System.



PDF- How to Choose Hanging Hardware

Flush Mount Track


The hanging track range is ideal for environments where the works of art are changed frequently or where it is inappropriate to damage the wall surface.

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.

 
·         Stainless Steel Rods provides the most rigid installation, can be supplied in silver or white and will support artworks up to 110 lbs (50 kg) per pair.
·         Stainless Steel Cable will provide the strongest flexible cable system and will support artworks up to 77 lbs (35 kg) per pair.
·         Perlon Cord is semi-transparent and blends with most surfaces and is the best choice for a discreet installation. Will support artworks up to 55 lbs (25kg) per pair.
 

 
The GL series of hooks and hangers will only work with the stainless steel cable.
Each cable or rod requires a top block.
*Screws not included due to different use scenarios*
All of these systems are compatible with the Ryman hanger range for a higher level of security.

 
USEFUL TIPS AND GUIDELINES
For the best result we recommend installation during the construction phase of your project. After fixing, most of the track is then covered by the drywall cladding, meaning that the Flush Mount Track becomes a seamless element of the building.
The track comes pre-drilled ready for fixing. If you wish to hang very heavy artworks (in excess of 250 lbs) then we recommend drilling more frequent fixing points. The track can then sustain loads in excess of 1100 lbs with the appropriate clips and rods. We recommend that you contact us for larger top blocks.
INSTALLATION  INSTRUCTIONS
The track comes pre-drilled so just screw into place making sure that the edge marked top is uppermost. Refer to the illustration if in doubt. Repeat this process for the second section after inserting one of the pins (supplied) halfway into the 2mm opening at the end of the track and use this pin to engage with the next section. This will ensure all the tracks align beautifully.
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.
When the track is installed, the drywall is applied over the top of the fixing flanges so that only the core of the track remains visible. The drywall can then be skimmed where required and the extrusion has a small ‘tooth’ to the edge of the lip to aid the application of a skim coat. We recommend applying a strip of 15mm masking tape to the face of the track for protection during this process.
HANGING YOUR ARTWORKS:
With Perlon cord, feed the cord through the top block and ‘hook’ it into the track.
With stainless cable, feed the cord through the top block and ‘hook’ it into the track.
With stainless rods, hook the top block into the track and screw the rods into place from beneath.
Slide the appropriate barrel up the cord or rod from the bottom and tighten at the required height with the bolt heads facing toward you. It’s much easier to do this with the two lengths side by side so that the barrel heights match.
For artworks with cord on the back, just place the cord over the hook. If you are using the Small Ryman Hanger, hook it over the small bolt and discard the large one and vice versa for the Large Ryman Hanger. For maximum strength be sure to tighten both the bolt (using a screwdriver) and the grub screw (using an allen key).
With the rods at the correct distance apart, the artwork is lifted into place so that the protruding boltheads engage with the the Ryman plate on the back of the artwork.
For more information:
 
 
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Q-Cord Barriers

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The Q-cord retractable stanchion system is the new definition of convenient architectural crowd control.
The Q-cord is a retractable barrier that comes with 7 feet of cord. It has a beautiful brushed stainless steel exterior and made with marine grade components. It is easy to set up and rearrange and is mountable in wall, on wall, in floor, on floor, or freestanding. It is made in the USA and is designed to exceed ADA requirements.
Signage is available in three sizes and must be used with a signage cap which comes in 60 degrees or vertical.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
 
Westfield World Trade Center


Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed. Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground.
The new Q-Cord Retractable Barrier is made by 10-31 Inc., which is one meter(39.375") high and has two retractable cords. The lower cord is half a meter(19.75”) off of the ground to be ADA compliant.
 
Below is the info from the ADA website:
From 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design2
307 Protruding Objects
307.1 General. Protruding objects shall comply with 307.
307.2 Protrusion Limits. Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches (685 mm) and not more than 80 inches (2030 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches (100 mm) maximum horizontally into the circulation path.
EXCEPTION: Handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches (115 mm) maximum.
Advisory 307.2 Protrusion Limits. When a cane is used and the element is in the detectable range, it gives a person sufficient time to detect the element with the cane before there is body contact. Elements located on circulation paths, including operable elements, must comply with requirements for protruding objects. For example, awnings and their supporting structures cannot reduce the minimum required vertical clearance. Similarly, casement windows, when open, cannot encroach more than 4 inches (100 mm) into circulation paths above 27 inches (685 mm).

Museum Barriers

Check out the Museum Barriers website for more information and pictures of all different barrier systems.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mask Stands



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:
http://www.artdisplay.com/mask-stand.html

Back of Tribal Mask

T-arm African mask display with wire bent down from the top.
 
T-arm African mask display stand with more intricate bending of the upright post around mouth so it is not seen from the front.
 
This is a simpler approach for a tribal mask stand, but you will see the upright post in the mouth from the front.
 
Some African masks cover both head and face or full headdress. These may be easier to mount by using a base with a post and a fitting on top. The fitting is sometimes custom shaped to correctly fit the African head piece. There are also stock bases for this situation as well at  Art Display Essentials. These stock items can also be used for helmets, hats and other items of that nature. They can be seen here: http://www.artdisplay.com/helmet-hat-stands.html

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.

How to hang an African mask on the wall

Custom African mask wall mounts by 10-31 Inc:
 
How to hang African masks on wallThe same bending approach used for the African mask display shown above can be used to hang an African mask on the wall. The "T" are available without the base, so instead of the post going down to a base it could go to a metal plate. If you used a metal plate with screw holes like pictured above you would have to solder or weld the post to the plate. You could also use a wooden wall plate that you could drill a hole in on a downward angle for the post to tightly fit into.

African Mask

African 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.
http://africanmaskdisplay.com/
https://www.artdisplay.com/store/p/1579-Artifact-Display-Large-T-Arms.aspx

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sleek Simplicity

The Label Holder is an industry standard. Absolute has completely re-engineered it to make it slimmer, stronger and cost effective.

Inform Effectively and Discreetly

The 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 Finish

The 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:
https://www.artdisplay.com/store/c/163-Information-Systems.aspx
https://www.pinterest.com/liveartloud/museums-and-galleries/
https://www.pinterest.com/easelsbyamron/museum-products/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Q-Cord Barriers

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The Q-cord retractable stanchion system is the new definition of convenient architectural crowd control.
The Q-cord is a retractable barrier that comes with 7 feet of cord. It has a beautiful brushed stainless steel exterior and made with marine grade components. It is easy to set up and rearrange and is mountable in wall, on wall, in floor, on floor, or freestanding. It is made in the USA and is designed to exceed ADA requirements.
Signage is available in three sizes and must be used with a signage cap which comes in 60 degrees or vertical.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
 
Westfield World Trade Center


Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed. Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground.
The new Q-Cord Retractable Barrier is made by 10-31 Inc., which is one meter(39.375") high and has two retractable cords. The lower cord is half a meter(19.75”) off of the ground to be ADA compliant.
 
Below is the info from the ADA website:
From 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design2
307 Protruding Objects
307.1 General. Protruding objects shall comply with 307.
307.2 Protrusion Limits. Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches (685 mm) and not more than 80 inches (2030 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches (100 mm) maximum horizontally into the circulation path.
EXCEPTION: Handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches (115 mm) maximum.
Advisory 307.2 Protrusion Limits. When a cane is used and the element is in the detectable range, it gives a person sufficient time to detect the element with the cane before there is body contact. Elements located on circulation paths, including operable elements, must comply with requirements for protruding objects. For example, awnings and their supporting structures cannot reduce the minimum required vertical clearance. Similarly, casement windows, when open, cannot encroach more than 4 inches (100 mm) into circulation paths above 27 inches (685 mm).