Can an art collection survive the storm of the century?
Hurricane Irma rolled into the Florida coast on September 10, bringing with it powerful winds upward of 130 mph. It battered the beloved Florida Keys- a category 4 storm that forever changed the hearts, minds, and lives of those who experienced it.
Homes were destroyed. Cars were unwillingly relocated. Docks were smashed. Iconic buildings and tourist attractions were in jeopardy of becoming memories. If a storm so powerful could cause billions of dollars in property damage, then valuable art collections could easily be among the casualties.
But as some have already noted, carefully planned art storage facilities and museums became an unsung hero amid Hurricane Irma’s carnage.
The Surprising Survivors in Hurricane Irma’s Destructive Path
While many homes, offices, and other structures were unrecognizable after the storm, most of the giant outdoor statues decorating tourist attractions were still largely intact.
News reports noted that two large conch shell statues, one at Shell World in Key Largo and the other at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, emerged from the storm completely unscathed.
The Rain Barrel Village’s iconic lobster statue in Islamorada was completely unchanged.
The Kiss, a 25-foot, 15,000-pound statue outside of the Key West Custom House Museum remained as strong and tall as ever.
Art lovers rejoiced upon learning Miami’s Perez Art Museum, one of the city’s most iconic museums, had not only weathered the storm well, but was arguably one of the safest places to be in the city.
The Perez Art Museum was designed to be hurricane proof, and it passed the Irma test with flying colors. By the time the storm had moved north, the building had sustained no damage and no flooding. The hurricane-resistant windows remained sealed, and there was no leaking from the roof. Many of the museum staff members chose to ride out the storm inside, knowing they’d be safer there than potentially anywhere else.
Unfortunately, not every art collection survived the storm. Many people leave their valuable art in their homes while they’re away for a season. Homes that were flooded or damaged may have also lost their art collection investment. But this storm only reiterates the importance of including fine art protection in your investment.
Museo Vault Was Built for Hurricane-Proof Storage
As an art storage facility, Museo Vault recognizes the importance of being prepared for every situation. Just like the Perez Art Museum Miami, Museo Vault was built to withstand hurricanes and other disasters, and Hurricane Irma proved it.
Museo Vault is backed by gas generators and multiple mechanical systems that will maintain consistent temperature and humidity to keep your art collection safe. The interior lighting uses UV filters to limit harmful exposure to your priceless art. The facility was built 18 feet above sea level to protect against storm surges. Its construction can withstand a Category 5 hurricane, as well as offering high-level fire detection and dry-pipe fire suppression to combat fires without risking your investment.
In short, the building is designed to keep art safe through perilous storms, and it did its job. Because of Museo Vault’s fine art storage details, art investors and fans alike are still able to enjoy the same beautiful works that existed before Hurricane Irma ravaged the area.
How Museo Vault Can Protect Your Art Collection Investment
A hurricane is not the only threat to your art collection, nor is hurricane-proof storage the only benefit Museo Vault offers.
Museo Vault Fine Art Storage and Transportation
As a full-service fine art storage facility, we provide white-glove transportation and installation for your art collection. Our professional fleet of vehicles left no detail unturned, offering climate control, air-ride suspension, and lift gates. Whether you’re moving into a new home or bringing in a new art collection, we can help you safely move your pieces to your location and allow them to arrive in pristine condition. Once we arrive with your artwork, we treat it as if it were our own to ensure each piece is installed safely and correctly.
Packing and Crating
When your art is ready for storage, we delicately pack and crate each item according to specifications, offering museum-quality results to protect your investment. We also offer insurance to guarantee safe storage of your precious pieces.
Art Restoration and Care
Museo Vault has built relationships with professionals who specialize in total art restoration, conservation, and art appraisals, making us a unique one-stop shop you can rely on for your art collection.
Art Collection Management Services
Finally, we offer complete art collection management services. If your collection is growing, having a detailed inventory can prove helpful in knowing what’s in your collection and information on each piece’s condition. Our additional art collection management services include high-resolution photographs and cursory condition reports.
Art Basel Miami Beach, the world’s largest art fair, trusts Museo Vault to install its outdoor sculpture segment in front of the Bass Museum of Art. We’ve been called upon to build and pack crates for The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum, to name a few. Our clients have relied upon our facilities during home renovations, construction projects, gallery changes, art events, and yes, even during hurricanes and other disasters.
There’s truly no safer place for your art collection than with a company as dedicated to protecting your investment as you are.
While the recent hurricane season has ended, there’s always a possibility another storm will make landfall in the next season. It’s in your best interest to have a plan in mind to avoid being one of the individuals whose art collection didn’t survive last September’s history-making disaster.
Contact Museo Vault today to learn how you can ensure your art collection can weather any type of weather with a safe, convenient, hurricane proof storage solution.