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Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Why is museum anti-reflective glass (AR) so expensive?

Metropolitan Museum Of Art


Project Briefing and Building Overview:Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a large building and located in New York's fifth avenue between 80 and 84 street. There are 5 big exhibition halls, mainly with 248 galleries,displayed the art treasures more than three millions from Egypt, Babylon, and Assyria, far east and the near east, Greece and Rome, Europe, Africa, the Americas before Columbus period and New Guinea and. It includes buildings, sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, glassware, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, furniture, ancient houses, weapons, armor and Musical Instruments from all historical periods.

By cooperating with construction companies, DG has provided design assistance and showcase production services for some parts of the galleries, making a contribution to cultural inheritance.

Products we supplied:Museum wall showcase, museum four-sided freestanding showcase, museum five-sided transparent flat cabinet, museum lift freestanding showcase, museum niche cabinet, museum strip flat showcase, museum constant temperature and humidity display showcase, museum glass display case, museum hanging showcase, museum heritage storage shelves, museum boutique display

Services we supplied:Design, proofing, production, shipping, installation

Through preliminary communication with the third-party service provider, DG display showcase understood that the Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted to renovate and update some of its exhibition halls and glass display cases, and especially emphasized that the glass of the new display cases should be made of anti-reflective glass. DG display showcase worked with a well-known domestic architectural firm to discuss specific design solutions based on the needs conveyed by the third-party service provider, combined with the style of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's displays. In order to make the design more accurate and better fit the concept of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, DG display showcase analyzed the measurements and historical data of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition halls provided by the third-party service provider. At the same time, DG display showcase optimized the space layout, exhibit arrangement, color and lighting, display cabinets and props, layout and text, and visitor routes according to the professional advice and guidance given by the architectural firm before finalizing the theme of the museum's exhibition hall.

For the perfect implementation of the program, qualified materials and good production are the key. The Metropolitan Museum of Art curator mentioned above, anti-reflective glass is also called AR glass. It is the use of the most advanced international magnetron sputtering coating technology, so that the glass in a near-complete vacuum, the target material sputtered on the glass through the magnetic pole, forming a layer of less reflective film, increasing the passage of light, thereby reducing the reflection of the glass surface, so that the original color through the glass more vivid and more realistic. Among them, anti-reflection museum exhibit glass has the following seven characteristics.

1.High light transmission. Single double-sided coated anti-reflection glass visible light transmission rate can be as high as 99%, laminated anti-reflection glass glass visible light transmission rate can be as high as 98%, can make the display of cultural relics more clearly, nearly visit the naked exhibition experience.

2. Non-reflective. AR glass can achieve the reflection rate of the glass surface from 8% down to 1%, and the glass surface is not reflective, effectively eliminating the interference of the reflection between the display case and the display showcase, to enhance the display effect of cultural relics and the audience's appreciation experience.

3.No color deviation. AR glass color index reaches 99.7%, presenting artifacts with more colorful and stronger contrast, which is conducive to visitors' learning and research.

4.Anti-ultraviolet. AR glass after a special process, the glass surface coated with a special chemical coating, forming a layer of invisible protective shield to protect the safety of cultural relics.

5.High temperature resistance. AR glass temperature > 500 degrees (general acrylic can only withstand 80 degrees), can be intact to preserve cultural relics.

6.Safety and wear resistance. AR glass adopts the practice of double glass lamination, combining the "hard" glass and the "soft" film, effectively stopping the pounding of hard objects.

7.Stain resistant and easy to clean. Anti-reflective laminated glass surface after special nano-treatment, with anti-dust, hydrophobic, easy to clean and maintain the role of the museum can greatly reduce the daily maintenance costs.

DG display showcase actively communicates with third-party service providers and optimizes the details of the display glass according to the characteristics of anti-reflective glass, and produces it strictly according to the national safety glass standard. Through the gatekeeper of experienced craftsmen, each glass display case meets the customer's standard. Secondly, DG display showcase also provides professional simulation installation guidance service for the museum's organizer through video recording after the completion of the display case, in order to help customers restore the project plan perfectly on the basis of cost saving. Meanwhile, DG display showcase provided design, construction, transportation and installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Through timely communication with the third-party service provider and cooperation with the team of the construction company, DG display showcase fully understood and digested the needs of the museum, and finally delivered a satisfactory answer smoothly. 

At that time, the Metropolitan Museum of Art curator mentioned: "Thank you very much for the professional design of DG display showcase team, there is no interference of glass reflection, the effect of the exhibition hall is solemn and dignified, the large plate glass is flat, the appearance of the display case is beautiful, the safety of cultural relics and the audience is also solved, the visual experience of cultural relics display is very shocking, and therefore highly recognized by the local government. " Here, DG display showcase is very grateful for the trust and support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and we will continue to work hard to provide professional solutions and services for more museums and make a contribution to social development.

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