Governor helps find $141k for museum's new chiller

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The irreplaceable collection of Walter Anderson artwork displayed at the Ocean Springs museum is no longer in danger.

Tuesday, Governor Phil Bryant presented WAMA with a $141,000 check for a new chiller to replace the one that broke down over the summer. The chiller is the part of a heating and AC system that helps control temperature and humidity.

With the more than 1,000 pieces of artwork in potential danger museum officials worried how they were going to come up with the money to replace the chiller.

"This is a landmark that we are so very proud of in Mississippi, that people all over the world come to, and we could lose it over an air conditioning system that had been destroyed by Katrina," Governor Phil Bryant said. "So we pulled together with MDA archives and made sure we got it working again. The concern was real and so we were very fortunate to be able to move in and help alleviate the problem."

WAMA Executive Board President Dr. Larry Shoemaker approached the governor about the problem at the museum while he was in Biloxi for another event. After hearing what happened, the governor said he jumped into action.

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