Faculty Advisor

DiMassa, Daniel


Zurich, Switzerland


Empa and Museum Tinguely’s continuing collaboration inspired us to understand the aspects of Jean Tinguely’s art that stakeholders value, Empa’s anti-wear coating, and the impact the coating will have on stakeholders. We conducted interviews and surveys and discovered that Museum Tinguely is equipped to rectify misinformed restorations. Survey results confirmed that the coating would uphold the values we identified. Therefore, we recommended that Empa commit resources to adjust the anti-wear coating to work with Tinguely’s sculptures and that Museum Tinguely involve external stakeholders in risky restoration projects. We also recommended Museum Tinguely develop reference criteria for restoration and Empa improve the documentation procedure we developed for further research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Project Center

Zurich, Switzerland