Australia: fiberglass risk forces gallery closures

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has been forced to close four galleries after fiberglass particles were reported near art works. The particles have been falling from faulty air conditioning un…

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has been forced to close four galleries after fiberglass particles were reported near art works. The particles have been falling from faulty air conditioning units and have put valuable pieces in the new media, Asian art and photographic galleries at risk. A spokesman for the NGA said the four rooms were expected to be closed until at least 7 February 2003. None of the works had been damaged. The air conditioning system was inspected on 30 January 2003 after a separate complaint about hydrogen peroxide being used to clean the system.