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How the Whitney Museum protects its priceless art

Premiered: February 14, 2018 | 0:05:02

Imagine huge pieces of mechanical equipment bobbing like corks in floodwater. That was the grim reality that the Whitney Museum of American Art faced after Superstorm Sandy ripped through lower Manhattan in 2012. The storm flooded the construction site of the museum’s new location right on the river. We’ll take you behind the scenes of the efforts to rethink the entire site, and ultimately, build a fortress-like new building, one of the most flood-resilient structures in New York. In “Artful Solutions,” you’ll see the museum team unfurl in less than 10 hours a 16 ½ foot wall around the museum that can be deployed during a storm event…  and watch as they operate a massive flood door that can withstand the force of a semi-truck floating (or flung) across the West Side Highway. The stakes are high: millions of dollars of priceless art.


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