How to Install Artwork in Difficult Places?

How to Install Artwork in Difficult Places?A successful art logistics partner will be one that considers the entire lifecycle of a piece, from its storage and crating to transportation and installation. This process often includes getting large and heavy artwork through difficult access points without causing damage to the art or the architecture. An art logistics partner like Art Work Fine Art Services has the resources to move and install artwork in a stress-free and comfortable experience for clients, whether installing indoors or outdoors.

Accessing Difficult Access Points

The first step to any artwork installation job is getting the artwork to its location safely. With decades of experience in art logistics, we often find that the challenge of accessing difficult access points is greater than installing the artwork itself.

Clients may have many creative locations where they would like to display their artwork, which makes it our mission to deliver artwork to the desired location, whether it be up several floors, through tight hallways, or in locations where daily, heavy foot traffic cannot stop for the installation process.

“We’ve had situations where paintings and 2-D works are too large for building elevators or staircases,” says Art Work Fine Art Services Crating and Special Projects Manager Rob Saccardi. “In those situations, we’ve come up with creative solutions in elevator shafts or used lifts to bring artwork to the desired floor. We have the resources to lift pieces over buildings and into otherwise inaccessible interior courtyards.”

When planning the installation of a piece into an area that is hard to access, the experts at Art Work FAS sit down with clients, get to know the desired result of the project, and create a detailed plan for getting artwork safely to its location.

Install Artwork in Difficult Locations: A Case Study

A successful art logistics partner can install artwork into most types of building materials — not just plaster. Artwork may be installed into metal, concrete, brick, wood, and more. The experts at Art Work FAS have decades of experience with every type of wall, meaning we have the tools and expertise to install artwork without damaging the building or the artwork.

Outdoor installations take just as much consideration as indoor installations, if not more. The process of installing artwork requires logistics experts to first consider the installation location and its climate, topography, and soil.

Recently, the team at Art Work FAS completed the outdoor installation known as the Ribbon of Light. This project for Pacific Northwest artist Horatio Law is part of the Aids Memorial Pathway in Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. The three sculptures in the Ribbon of Light series are built from individual glass plates that were assembled by hand, on-site and by our team. 

Installing this art piece demonstrates how our team works given new and challenging circumstances. “We had a lot of interaction and dialogue with the artist, the fabricator, the mount maker and the engineers on the project, as well as the company that did the concrete work,” says Rob Saccardi about the project. “With the long scope, international fabrication, and work in a public location, there were numerous challenges throughout the project.”

Despite the challenges, we efficiently completed the project, which the public can now view in Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, Washington.

Specialized Knowledge From Our Experts in Installing Artwork

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 fine art handling, 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.  

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