Superstorm (née Hurricane) Sandy, cut a wide path of destruction across the East Coast of the U.S. It did not spare anyone or anything and did an estimated $63 billion in damage. Lives and property were lost but as with any massive storm, Sandy also left some unique problems in its wake.
The hard hit Navy Yard/Red Hook section of Brooklyn has in recent years become home to a burgeoning art scene. Thanks to affordable rents, both big names like MoMA and less famous galleries and artists have taken to storing their works in buildings ranged along the low-lying coastal area. Thus, when the storm sent a wall of water through the neighborhood, the resulting damage – both cultural and financial – was catastrophic for the art community. In response to this destruction, the Art Conservation Group set up a “triage unit” in the Navy Yard area to help save and restore as much damaged art as possible.
This story interested us at APC because it turns out that portable fume extractors and vacuum cleaners with high-capacity HEPA filters played a big role in the operation. In the words of ACG’s Robert Teague, “those things can vacuum a 200-year-old feather without extracting any unwanted particles.”
At APC, we have always known about the versatility of anti-microbial HEPA filters. Whether you need to restore a delicate piece of centuries-old art or reduce the airborne transmission of viruses on a pig farm, nothing beats a custom designed HEPA filter, period.
If you want to learn if an APC custom made filter can make life easier at your business or home, contact us today! In addition, if you have the time, the people of the Northeast, especially those in New Jersey and New York, are still in need of help so please consider donating your time and/or money on their behalf.