This month we'll be giving you more than just one Object of the
Month. This September we are happy to share 16 different images of
objects from Latin America, along with images of our volunteer and
intern team getting the work done. Our 2008-2011 IMLS Latin
American Textiles grant work has just been completed and we wanted
to share the new section here on our website describing the
conservation work on the over 700 objects in the collection.
Anthropology and Conservation Department staff trained and
supervised a team of close to 30 of our amazing volunteers who
donated almost 3,000 hours. The team inventoried, analyzed,
rehoused, researched, and photographed a varied collection of items
representing countries from Central and South America.
One of the great stories from this project comes from Andrew van
der Heever, the 2011 Robert L. Akerely Intern for the Department of
Anthropology. During his 10 week internship, Andrew photographed
the collection for reference purposes -- images that you can see in
the slide show above. In order to capture all these images, Andrew
set up a tripod on the top step of a five step ladder. He would
climb up four steps to take a picture of one side of the object,
climb down to turn the object over, walk back up the four steps to
photograph the reverse side, and come back down again. By project
end, Andrew climbed at least 5,624 steps. To put this into
perspective, the Empire State building in New York City is 1,860
stairs to the 102nd floor, this means during the 10
weeks working on the project Andrew climbed the Empire State
building 3 times.
Please visit our IMLS Latin American Textiles Grant 2008-2011
drop down section here on the Anthropology Collections main page
for more details on the project.
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