Inventory of the Museum Collection

Given the task to organize and safely store objects in the museum’s art storage areas has proven to be quite a challenge, one that is detail oriented and a test of our own Cesar Santander’s true Tetris skills. Though it’s a tedious task at times, the project is very rewarding, as he gets to be up close and personal with each piece of artwork. Being able to hold an artifact that has been dated to the Han Dynasty is something that keeps him excited as the days go on. Though he never really touches the objects since he’s wearing gloves all the time.

This project involves the relocation of 300 ceramic objects in storage. The process is somewhat short. Each object is measured for its dimensions (height, width, depth), any conditions noted (losses, cracks, soiling etc.) After each object has been recorded, Cesar lightly dusts its surface if necessary to prepare it for storage . Objects are then stored in microenvironments using special acid-free materials to protect them from degradation. Each object is then held in place with the use of foam cutouts; in the same manner that flat screen TV’s are packed for stability and as an extra layer of protection from external forces. Then the game of Tetris begins, storing different size boxes in one shelf can be a challenge at times, but Cesar has by now figured out the pattern.

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