Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway - An Arctic Conservation Adventure
AbstractIn November of 2015 we were contracted to travel on-site to Barrow, Alaska (some 300 miles above the Arctic Circle) to treat a large oil painting on canvas, and to examine and prepare treatment proposals and cost estimates for the other five paintings in the collection of the Inupiat Heritage Center (IHC). The project occurred during the week in which the sun ceased rising above the horizon and the temperatures were in the minus 20-30F range.
The treatment of the large painting went well and as planned, though issues arose with the use of a relatively non-toxic solvent (EtOH) in the building, and a staffers extreme allergies. The intent was that the easel paintings would be shipped to Denver for treatment where we would have the full complement of equipment and supplies.
When IHC received funding to treat the five paintings in 2017 we began to advise the collections manager on properly packing and shipping them, only to find that the cost of transit insurance to fly the paintings out of Barrow (no road access) would sink the project. We ultimately agreed to undertake some extensive treatments on-site (including infusing and lining a large painting), in a figure-it-out-as-you-go manner, during the opposite season when it was daylight around the clock and the temperatures soared to the 20 above zero range!
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How to Cite
SHOOP, Hays; OGINO, Yasuko. Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway - An Arctic Conservation Adventure. Selected Proceedings of Advances in Conservation, [S.l.], nov. 2017. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/waac/article/view/4020>. Date accessed: 24 feb. 2018.