During hurricane season in Florida, many collectors are wondering, “how do I protect outdoor art from harm?” The (up to) 150 mph winds, the torrents of saltwater, and the flying debris create a perilous environment for beloved artwork investments. To protect outdoor art from rust and more, check out this list of top 10 ways to protect outdoor sculpture from hurricanes:
- coat metal sculpture with oil or wax twice a year to protect against saltwater;
- replace metal sculpture’s internal support pins with stainless steel pins to protect against corrosion;
- wrap sculptures in waterproof material to protect from flying debris;
- secure heavy sculptures with a harness and wind-rated strap (available at a hardware store);
- tip over and then wrap and harness tall vertical sculptures that do not have strong bases;
- move stone and ceramic sculptures away from hard surfaces like cement or flagstones – they can break if toppled over by wind;
- reinforce the casings around electrical units if the sculpture uses electricity;
- maintain a file that includes all the pertinent information on your artwork in a waterproof container – photos, artist name, title, dimensions, medium, year created, receipt or invoice from purchase, and insurance information;
- keep a list of important phone numbers for after a storm – insurance company, appraiser, restorer, conservator, art storage facility and art transport company; and
- if at all possible, transport outdoor sculpture to an art storage facility.
Each sculpture is different and the best way to address hurricane preparedness for outdoor artwork is to confer with your independent insurance provider. Keep safe!