Mount Design, Fabrication & Installation

Mountmaking & Installation

Our elegantly designed mounts secure and protect objects on display.

What are the qualities of a good mount?

A safe and secure mount should support its object without causing damage, but also protect the object while on display. Also, mount construction should incorporate the proper materials: steel for heavy objects, brass for delicate items, acrylic for books, and forms for textiles. Finally, a well-designed mount should not distract from the display of its artifact.

Why are these qualities important?

Displaying an object discreetly while protecting it for the duration of the exhibit is the purpose of a good mount. A poorly built mount can do far more damage to an object than any external force by improperly supporting the object’s structure, and inexperience can lead to damage during fitting, installation or deinstallation. The delicate balance between safe display and optimal presentation drives the art of mount design. A mount should fully support the object yet not draw visitors’ attention.

Why is ELY the best company to provide mountmaking services?

Our mountmakers have experience with all types of objects and appropriate materials. From delicate fish bones to fully articulated dinosaur skeletons, ELY has mounted a wide array of artifacts. We have installed exhibitions in earthquake zones where all objects required seismic mitigating mount designs. At our shop or onsite, we can fabricate in steel, brass, acrylic, archival foams and many other materials. We appreciate the great responsibility of working with irreplaceable artifacts, and we work with our clients to develop the most appropriate design. After final fitting for installation, our mountmakers color match the mount to the object so that it retreats from view.

Sample Projects

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Deep Time—David H. Koch Hall of Fossils

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Mountmaking & Installation

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Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

More than 100 years since it opened, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Fossils underwent a major renovation. ELY’s team of mountmakers designed and created 577 new mounts for dinosaur fossils of all sizes and shapes for the new exhibition. This required a variety of custom mounts in brass for smaller, lighter specimens and steel mounts for oversized or heavier fossils. Once completed, the team will install the fossils into the new exhibition hall in time for a 2019 opening. MM_Deep Time.pdf 

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Terracotta Warriors

of the First Emperor

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Mountmaking & Installation

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The Franklin Institute & The Pacific Science Center

ELY provided mount making and installation of more than 200 artifacts in this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Due to a very tight schedule, the mount making and installation had to take place within two weeks time. Gathering a team of the best mountmakers and artifact installers in the country we completed the project safely, on time and on budget. The artifacts ranged from tiny figures to a lifesized terracotta horse. MM_FRANKLIN_Warriors.pdf

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History of the Bible

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Mountmaking & Installation

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Museum of the Bible

For the opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. ELY was contracted to design and create over 500 mounts for a wide range of historic artifacts. Our mountmakers crafted mounts specific to each object’s needs for safety and optimal display. Our team then installed the artifacts for the museum opening in November 2017. ELY has an ongoing agreement for completing future rotations for the museum. MM_Bible Museum.pdf

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Freer Sackler's Monumental Frame

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Mount Design & Fabrication

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Freer Sackler The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

The Freer Sackler contracted with ELY to fabricate a mount to allow this monumental frame to be displayed at two different venues. To create the mount required specialized rigging of the object and then coming up with a design solution that would support such an enormous piece. ELY’s mountmakers created a mount made from steel that would not only support this very large frame but would allow for its repeated use. The mount had the added benefit of alleviating wear and tear on the object for handling and packing purposes.  MM_Freer Sackler Frame.pdf 

Clients

Terracotta Warriors

The Franklin Institute & The Pacific Science Center

Deep Time

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

California at Bat

California Museum

History of the Bible

Museum of the Bible

Freer Sackler's Monumental Frame

Freer Sackler The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

Dow Chemical Visitor Center

Dow Chemical Visitor Center in Michigan

Saddle & Cradle Board Mounts

U. S. Department of State

Through the African American Lens

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Library for the Study of George Washington

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Golden Eagle Pilot House

Missouri History Museum

Jefferson and Slavery at Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sant Ocean Hall

National Museum of Natural History

Samurai: The Warrior Transformed

National Geographic Museum

Dinosaur Mysteries

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Age of Mammals

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Arctic Studies Center

National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian

George Washington and His Generals

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

A Son and His Adoptive Father

Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, Lafayette College

Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

National Museum of American History

War Stories: Reporting in the Time of Conflict 

Newseum

Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities

National Museum of the American Indian

Walters Art Museum

Mountmaking, Permanent Collection

Resistance, Creativity and Survival

Anacostia Community Museum


Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights from the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi Collection

International Spy Museum

The Allure of Pearls

National Museum of Natural History

The Public Vaults

National Archives and Records Administration

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