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Rebelyell2006 Inactive Member16 Oct 2014 4:38 p.m. PST

The past week we have been installing a new temporary exhibit. Since we change them out every three months and most exhibits make great use of text panels and gatorboard graphics, the process requires ripping half the walls off when the panels are taken down, and then two days of repainting and hole filling. I suggested a technique from historic house museums, by placing a wide line of painter's tape down on a wall and then using velcro or double-sided tape between the painter's tape and a text panel. By doing that, the walls will be spared of damage. I suggested it to an exhibits worker, who passed the idea up to the contract artist/framer, who passed the idea up to the exhibits manager, who passed it up to the director, who decided that they didn't want to experiment during this exhibit. Even though it is by no means uncommon, and the museum did it with an exhibit a few years ago. So irritating.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2014 5:42 p.m. PST

You should know that sending it up the chain that far will always result in a non-decision. No one wants to make a change decision. But they would be OK with being told to do it a new way.

Just do it for the next one without asking.

You can say you thought you were only supposed to skip the last exhibit and you were supposed to do it THIS time.

Or….. consider the constant repairs as job security.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Oct 2014 8:42 p.m. PST

In our museum we use the velcro tape thing for a number of the sign boards.

Another thing we use are panels mounted on wood with permanent wood fixtures in the wall. You can slide the panels onto the wood fixtures sideways and then two screws in the top holds them in place. When you want to move them for some reason, which we never do, all you have to do is take the screws out and slide them off and then put something in its place.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2014 8:15 a.m. PST

My first thought was that someone is getting a slice of the contractor's pie.

Streitax Inactive Member17 Oct 2014 12:28 p.m. PST

Improvements? We don't need no steeenking improvements!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2014 1:33 p.m. PST

Remember – always easier to ask forgiveness than

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2014 12:52 p.m. PST

The best way you can do this is to create an "In-depth budget and operational man-hour/materials components cost analysis", on how much time, labor, man-hours doing the same job, and materials, (wall material, spackle, paint, etc), in an amazing powerpoint display with full color handouts, complete with pie charts, statistics, and lots of numbers and dollar signs, showing how much the museum spends fixing the walls over and over and over and over again, and how much "cost effective" and "green", (less waste!), this new idea is, and how "all the other cutting edge museums are doing it…(the "keeping up with the Jones" train of thinking").
Having it presented in a meeting and discussing "how the "saved money" will actually look amazing on the museums end of the year report as presented by the director" (thereby making sure he gets a gold star next to his name), will ensure it's success.

It's not the idea that is bad….it's how you have to present it to the PHB's to get it to pass….

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