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Prints Mounted to Plexiglass

john reef , Aug 22, 2002; 10:19 a.m.

Many large scale color prints currently displayed in galleries and museums are face mounted to plexiglass. Does anyone know how this is done? Is the process archival?


DK Thompson , Aug 22, 2002; 10:58 a.m.

We do this for murals and prints in our exhibits that may get alot of contact by visitors. It's called first-surface mounting, and is usually done with adhesives... but it's done for exhibit display prints & graphics--not really an archival usage--it's rather permanent. About the worst thing that can happen to it on display is that it can be vandalized... it happens, sometimes people like to deface them by scratching their initials in 'em or keying them....if you want to get this done, look for mural houses or labs that do production work for exhibitry or tradeshows. Also it's a good idea to have the corners rounded on the plex--it can be really sharp otherwise. Hope this helps.

Barry Schmetter , Aug 22, 2002; 05:46 p.m.

I was wondering about this myself. I was in Chicago last week and went to the Andreas Gursky exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (magnificent, btw) and all his prints are front laminated to plexiglass. I believe Thomas Struth uses the same process. The laminated prints look great, but I was wondering about the archival properties of the images.

I think I read that Gursky uses the lamination process exclusively, so I wonder about the collectors of one of the most famous contemporary photographers. Are they going to be the owners of huge yellowed prints in a few years? But how many ways can you mount a 6 x 9 foot c-print?

jeff early , Sep 28, 2007; 12:24 a.m.

I represent District Lab which handles this plexiglass sandwich mounting, called: "Di-secta". The photo is "sandwiched" and is backed with aluminium and takes several days to complete. We are based in Miami (ship worldwide). We also cteate light boxes and displays. Call me direct or email: 305-542-3009 jeffearly@mac.com

Janell Hackler , Feb 04, 2008; 05:03 p.m.

We have seen an increase in this type of finishing. Most of the photographers we deal with love this look. It takes an average of 2 to 3 days to complete - even at larger sizes such as 30" x 40" and 36" x 48". Special, optically-clear adhesives are used along with a mounting press to create this look. Visit us at www.technicraft.net for more information.

"Floating" image on 1/4" Plexiglass

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