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A wild fire approaches the Getty Museum. That's why they don't move art



The work of art at the J. Museum. Paul Getty in Los Angeles is "significantly safer not to be moved," museum spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said, as thousands were evacuated or lost from power Monday because of fierce fires in southern California.

This is so stone, concrete and steel building has the latest technology of protection.

"The safest place for art and library collections is inside," the museum says on Twitter. The museum also said that more than 600 firefighters provide air and ground support to control the fire.

Getty was designed by architect Richard Meyer with disasters such as these fires and earthquakes in the mind, Lapin said.

"Our buildings are made of stone, concrete and steel; the roofs are stone to prevent the embers from burning and burning," Lapin told CNN in an email.

She said that the galleries on the campus of the museum are double-closed, meaning that they are buildings inside buildings with thick walls.

  The Museum of the Center of J. Paul Getty in the orange glow of wildfires in southern California.

The Getty Museum also has a sophisticated air filtration system that can turn directions and push air, Lapin said. This system protects smoke and ash from penetrating the galleries and protects the collection.

There is also a million-gallon water tank that allows museums to irrigate a large area in the event of a fire, Lapin said.

"We manage the landscape for fires. We have extensive brush and planting programs that are more fire resistant," she said.

The Getty Museum opened its doors in 1997 and is the origin of an extensive art collection by J. Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil Company and one of the richest industrialists in America.

The museum is home to over 125,000 individual items in a museum collection, many of them masterpieces, Lapin said. The Art Library has an additional 1.4 million volumes, including medieval manuscripts. Many of the works of art are estimated at "tens of millions," she said.

Eric Lowenson contributed to this report.


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