Acrylic pedestals let manic creativity reign
OUT OF HAND: MATERIALIZING THE POSTDIGITAL EXHIBITION, MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, NYC
Acrylic: Lucite International
Photography: Mason Levinson
Size: 85 works
Project type: Exhibition
Exhibit dates: Oct. 16, 2013 through June 1, 2014
AN IN-KIND DONATION OF LUCITELUX ACRYLIC enabled the pedestals in this exhibit to showcase the works optimally. Clear sightlines make the items appear to float in midair, for an ethereal focus on the results of the creative process. The exhibit examines the impact of digital fabrication technologies, including 3D printing and CNC machining, on the creative processes of artists, architects and designers. The works come from established and emerging practitioners worldwide.
“Digital fabrication is a huge trend that touches every design discipline. We’re proud to help them bring this important exhibition to the public,” said Simon Ellis, business director for Lucite International. “When we first learned of MAD’s desire to have the pieces ‘float’ on clear acrylic, we knew the pedestals had to be made with LuciteLux.”
LuciteLux is often used by museums to display and protect their collections with maximum optical clarity. The museum’s designers chose LuciteLux L Clear for its strength, durability and ease of fabrication. It is also easy to clean and effectively resists crazing (the development of fine cracks on the surface of a material).
“Acrylic, and LuciteLux in particular, is an incredibly important medium in the worlds of art and design,” said Ron Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. “We are pleased to partner with Lucite International and present the works of the Out of Hand collection on pedestals made of their visionary material. Our partnership allows us to ensure that every detail of this exhibition meets the highest aesthetic standards.”
Museums across the globe also use LuciteLux Museum Grade UV Max, a specialty acrylic sheet made to offer the maximum protection possible from harmful UV light, which causes fading and decomposition of photos, artwork and exhibits.