Shipping sculptures comes with unique challenges. Paintings, while varying in size, are generally the same shape, whereas sculptures have shapes and can be made of an endless array of materials. Sculptures require specialized and custom crating, packaging, transportation and installation. Fine art transportation services like Art Work FAS have the expertise carrying even the heaviest and most cumbersome sculptures. Experts advise special transportation tips for sculptures.
Packaging and Crating
For large or delicate sculptures, slat crates offer many benefits. Slat crates are economical options — less expensive than enclosed crates — that work especially well for pieces more challenging to maneuver or pack.
Slat crates start with a pallet base with removable sides, making packing and unpacking easy and safe. We customize the size and build of our crates depending on your sculpture.
We account for the 3D shape and the weight distribution for your sculpture. Features like wood braces and thick foam bumpers, covered with non-abrasive material, ensure the protection of your piece. Crates and key braces should be clearly labeled.
Rigging and Cranes
The heaviest of art pieces need more support than just a team of hands. Movers employ heavy machinery such as cranes or rigging equipment to load, unloud, and install sculptures. Artists and collectors should consult expert art handlers to evaluate locations.
Larger, heavier pieces require specialized foundations. Foundation should be built based on the specifications of the sculpture and the environment. Large, outdoor sculptures might require a concrete foundation reinforced with steel rods. Additional modifications may include earthquake proofing, UV protection, or weatherproofing.
Specialized Knowledge From Our Experts
For nearly 30 years, Art Work Fine Art Services has served as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for domestic and international shipping, warehousing, and preservation of artwork.
Our team is made up of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.
To request an estimate or find out more about the services Art Work Fine Art Services offers, contact us.