Glass: Protecting National Treasures

Following up on the news that glass encasement at the Louvre Museum in Paris protected Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” from a pastry-wielding bandit, Koch Industries, which owns Guardian Industries, issued a statement about the incident.

It’s Guardian Clarity glass that’s protecting the artwork at one of the most famous museums in the world, chosen, according to the company, for its ability to reduce reflections while increasing light transmission.

“Other than needing a quick wipe down, the glass served as the unseen hero protecting this and many other priceless world treasures and works of art around the globe,” reads a Koch Industries press release. “People and institutions, like the Louvre, choose this anti-reflective glass because it enables closer, more intimate interaction with the items on display, while providing security and protection when laminated.”

The glass, Koch says, can reduce reflections from around 8% to 0.7% and can increase light transmission from 90% to 98%.

“It can also protect these treasures from 100% of pastry-smearing incidents,” the press release adds.

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