Flood photos

I know -- I've been promising these photos for quite a while! But here they finally are. I'm going to start with the most recent ones from Wednesday of last week when I got inside the UIMA to see how the cleaning is going. This was the first time I'd been inside the building for nearly four weeks, and I was honestly surprised by how good the building looked, all things considered. Of course, they have been cleaning nearly that entire time. I can only imagine what it looked like before all that work. And it's incredibly sad to see all the empty walls and shelves...but let me just show you what I mean:

The view from the outside of the building. It was really noisy around here where a lot of the work was going on.
This is where the Pollock was hanging. You can still see some of the wooden supports on the wall.
Some of the workers converse in the painting galleries. See the sign for the MFA show? And see how the wall is cut out underneath? They have cut it that high even though there was only 3-4 inches because apparently the water (and mold) travels up the sheet rock.
These white plastic tubes where carrying cold air all around the building -- climate control.
The old entrance, with some chairs wrapped in plastic.
Storage. Those metal shelves were stacked floor to ceiling with artworks. Each had a specific location on the shelves, which were specially designed to hold the works. It's so sad to see them now!
These racks usually hold paintings in storage.
View of the sculpture court. You can see the water line on the wall across the way. Since that room is recessed, the water was up much higher than on the main floor.
Pillar in the Atrium.
Looking onto the entrance of the North Gallery. The atrium is through that door on the right.Lasansky -- this room is probably the worst on the main floor. The lower galleries (where the Ancient American art was on view) were worse but it was too dark to get a good picture. Those galleries, as well as the basement, were basically full of water.
Atrium. The offices were blocked off by that plastic barrier that you see in the right-background.
Big Boy wrapped in plastic!

All right -- that's all for now. I'll be posting some more photos very soon, as well as updates about our plans for the future. Stay tuned!

--Maggie Anderson


Anonymous said...

Why were you people in the building with out protective equipment (hard hats, masks, etc? 1-800-OSHA

University of Iowa Museum of Art said...

When I went into the building last week on Wednesday, it had been declared safe and everyone inside had acquired permissions to be there. So, at this point, there was no need for the kind of protective equipment you’re talking about. But thanks so much for your concern!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for keeping us in the loop.

University of Iowa Museum of Art said...

My pleasure! Just let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know!