How to Properly Secure Hanging Art Installations

How to Properly Secure Hanging Art InstallationsThe world of fine art installations is as vast as the creativity of the human mind. Many artworks, especially those for the outdoors or for public buildings, have more complex installation processes than simply being fastened to the wall. Art installations can come in multiple pieces that must be individually secured. As the leading art logistics experts in the Pacific Northwest, we understand that hanging art installations require specialized expertise to ensure the piece is safely secured, regardless of the material, shape, and structure of the ceiling in which it is being installed.

The Unique World of Hanging Art Installations

Because of the potential risks that hanging artwork can pose to the viewers, the installation crew, the building, and the artwork itself, hanging art installations is a process that is handled with scrutinous considerations. The right tools, resources, and eyes for details matter. Ceilings might be traditional, coffered, coved, beamed, and more. Different ceiling types need different strategies to protect the building.

Installing artwork that hangs from the ceiling requires unique insight, planning, and logistical strategy. With larger pieces, weight and safety are a concern. Understanding how artwork is constructed, what materials might be used, and the properties of those materials are all important factors in safely handling and installing artwork.

“We make decisions on the artwork and how safe we can make it without going overboard in terms of complexity and cost on any given project,” says Art Work Fine Art Services Crating and Special Projects Manager Rob Saccardi. “We evaluate each job to know when we can have our crew physically lift something into place, vs. needing mechanical lifting assistance like a hydraulic lift or a gantry.”

The installation of heavier pieces that require cranes or rigging will result in added consideration to ensure that the needed equipment will be able to access the area where the piece will be installed.

How Artwork FAS Creates an Installation Strategy

When planning the installation of a complex, unique, or hanging art installation, the experts at Art Work FAS interview clients to know the ends and outs of a project. They use this information to create a painstakingly detailed plan for getting artwork safely installed.

Oftentimes, unique art pieces present new challenges. The expert team at Art Work Fine Art Services understands that creating solutions to complex problems is the cornerstone of a successful arts logistics partner.  “Personally, I like having to solve a challenge or a puzzle in terms of installation, whether that’s finding a way to do something that seems particularly difficult or improving on a process I’ve worked with in the past,” says Rob Saccardi.

The team at Art Work Fine Art Service is made up of puzzle-solving experts with a wide range of skills across different disciplines and materials. Let us create a solution for your project.

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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