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As more wealthy investors collect fine
art and other collectibles, art-storage
firms have seen an uptick in demand.
Their services include use of fireproof
buildings, trained security personnel,
surveillance cameras and motion detectors. Crating, shipping, customs and
condition reports also are offered, and
clients have the option to share rooms
with others or have private rooms for
their collections. Viewing spaces where
dealers and art advisors can display
their artworks are another feature. Private collectors may also use viewing
spaces on a short-term basis.
“I think that from 30 to 50 percent of major collectors use our
viewing rooms, where they can
take friends to see their other collections,” said Simon Hornby, president and CEO of New York-based art
logistics firm Crozier Fine Arts.
In addition to traditional art-storage
firms, collectors and dealers also are using duty-free warehouses—freeports—
to store their holdings, because of the
tax advantages they offer. The requirements of insurers drive much of the demand. Extreme weather also is a major
issue for collectors and insurers. According to Vivian Ebersman, director of Art
Expertise at AXA Art Americas Corp.,
there are a number of criteria art collectors, dealers and museum directors
should focus on when selecting a fine
art storage firm. First and foremost are
humidity- and temperature-controlled
storage spaces. Other considerations include the security of the warehouse, the
training and background of the on-site
employees, and the internal procedures
for checking and maintaining the storage spaces.
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A new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that office employees who receive a big dose
of circadian-effective light in the morning—from either electric lighting or daylight—experience better sleep and lower levels of depression and stress than those
who spend their early work hours in dim or low light levels. Led by Dr. Mariana
Figueiro, director of the LRC’s Light and Health program, the LRC research
team investigated the connection between circadian stimulus (CS) and sleep, and
depression and stress in office-based workers.
“Our study shows that exposure to high CS during the day, particularly in the
morning, is associated with better overall sleep quality and mood scores than ex-
posure to low CS,” Figueiro stated. “The present results are a first step toward pro-
moting the adoption of new, more meaningful metrics for field research, providing
fresh ways to measure and quantify circadian-effective light.”
Participants who received high amounts of morning light reported lower levels
of stress than those receiving low light. This finding was consistent during both
winter and summer.
GSA’s Bryan Steverson said, “The data from this research will help support our
efforts in developing new lighting practices that can optimize health benefits for
federal employees working in our federal buildings.” The study cited is the first research to measure personal circadian light exposure in office workers by using
a device calibrated to measure circadian-effective
light. In addition, it is the first to directly relate circadian-effective light measures to mood, stress and
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