Last year, northern Utah experienced an earthquake that resulted in damage to our racking system that stores pieces from the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. About 70 percent of the collection is stored at our art storage facility, loving dubbed the ArtHaus, and at the time of the earthquake, there were close to 900 pieces of artwork on the racking.
Each piece of artwork is being individually assessed for damage, and roughly one in four pieces will require some form of frame repair, or a new frame entirely. Luckily, the collection did not experience any total losses, meaning that while some artwork will need to be repaired by art conservators, no artwork was totally destroyed.
Thankfully, there was no damage caused to the shelving units where three-dimensional artworks are stored — all 3-D objects are completely fine.
The installation of our new racking system, designed by Spacesaver Intermountain, has recently been completed and, prior to installation, the plans were approved by seismic engineers.