Thursday, July 2, 2009


An interesting article on Slate that looks at plastics in art and how it is proving problematic to museums, curators and art restorers.
“As plastics revolutionized the making of furniture, toys, health care products, and electronics, museums of industry, design, and medicine began snapping up plastic objects that were either historic (the first artificial heart) or culturally important (Barbie dolls). Plastics hold up well for the decade or so during which a consumer uses most products. But museums, unlike consumers, are in it for the long haul, and when plastics crash, they crash precipitously.”

Found via Slate

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