The Getty Center has survived the devastating California wildfire, thanks to sprinkler tanks. The art gallery is one of the most visited in the world and houses art said to be worth $12 billion. Among its prized collection is Edouard Manet’s “Spring”, which cost the center a cool $65 million.
More than 200,000 residents, including the rich and famous, were forced from their homes by the wildfire. Stoked by strong winds, the flames were tackled by 5,700 firefighters at its height.
Sprinkler tanks keeps California wildfire at bay
As well as boasting a state-of-the-art air filtration system, which stops smoke from getting into the art center, it has its own sprinkler tanks. They were used to damp down the landscaped grounds around the centre as the fire approached.
The design of the system was developed with the Getty Center’s insurers. It proved its worth as the California wildfire approached.
‘Smart move’ says sprinkler tank expert
Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank specialist. A spokesman said: “The Getty Center’s investment in sprinkler tanks was a smart move. By damping down the hillside around the center, the wildfire could not advance.
“This is a great example of how sprinkler tanks can be used for an external sprinkler system. The loss of this art collection would have been devastating. Thankfully, it survived this huge wildfire completely intact.”
The spokesman added: “External sprinkler systems are a good idea for stately homes as well as properties that hold high value goods. Art in the Getty Center could never be replaced if it was lost.”
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