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  1. John Spevacek
    Jul 19 - 3:20 pm

    Funny how the short life of plastics seen here completely contradicts the battle cry of some environmentalists that “Plastics are Forever”.

  2. Anna Kuperstein
    Jul 19 - 10:31 pm

    Fascinating to read about such an important consideration for museums as well as artists. Thanks!

  3. Sarah Everts
    Jul 20 - 1:38 am

    @John: You bring up an interesting point. I think both art conservators and environmentalists are accurate but they are just coming at the issue from different perspectives. Plastics certainly don’t breakdown quickly into compost… yet they do breakdown into unusable objects. That plastic bottle left out in the sun can’t be reused, but it’s also not about to turn into soil any time soon. Plastic museum objects can quickly become miserable-looking but they are also not going to immediately turn into dust.

  4. Eric
    Mar 09 - 1:04 am

    The links to your longer article are no longer valid. Please let me know where I can find it. Searching for “plastic” on the ACS site turned up this blog post but not the original article.

  5. Eric
    Mar 09 - 1:07 am

    Never mind, I think I found it here (although it isn’t publicly accessible):

    http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/i29/Preserving-Plastic-Art.html

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