- Noel in the Museum, Medieval Edition
- Reconsidered, a Met Velázquez Is Vindicated
- Museums Should Dig In
- And a letter from the director of the Met in response to the previous article: Museum as Archaeologist
The post is constructed of at least two parts, the inside spiral turning and the cage of four vertical ribs that surrounds it. First, the cage section had to have a hole bored through it. This blank would be slid over a plain temporary spindle that would fit tightly in the hole. This spindle would be mounted on the lathe as a temporary center, and the turnings above and below the cage would be done. A fat column would be turned that corresponded to the outside curve of the cage verticals, and these would be carved by hand with the spindle in place for most of the process in order to avoid breaking the cage.
The interior spiral would then be turned in a separate operation using a specially adapted lathe for the double spiral. The temporary spindle would then be removed and replaced by the finished spiral one, which would be glued in place. The foliate carved cap covers the hole in the post at the top.
Don't worry - I won't get too political on you. However, as a museum professional and a preservationist, I pay attention to funding sources for historic preservation and how they are doing. And at the moment, Save America's Treasures is not doing well.
It's on the chopping block for the FY 2011 proposed federal budget. You can read more about it at the National Trust's page (biased view, naturally) or read the actual proposed budget on the White House's website.
Wherever you decide you come down on the issue, I found the above map really interesting. As you can guess, it shows all of the locations across the country where Save America's Treasures (as well as Preserve America and the National Heritage Area program) has helped preserve and restore historic buildings and sites (you can see a bigger version here). Food for thought.
in the late 1930s, city officials used Works Progress Administration funds to hire dozens of unemployed workers to photograph every single building in the city for the Department of Finance. By 1941, those photographers had taken more than 700,000 pictures.