The Art of Packing
Packing is an art form itself in fine art removals. This is never more true than in the case of sculptures: often unusually awkward shapes, extremely cumbersome or fragile and delicate materials, they provide a challenge to even the most expert fine art removers.
Cushioning is key to packing these pieces. To prevent even the slightest damage, the sculpture should be fully protected with a variety of materials. Bubble wrap is a valuable protective layer, secured firmly with tape in sheets of several layers or lightly crumpled to plug holes and gaps in the sculpture itself.
Ultimately the sculpture itself needs to sit comfortably within a far more rigid structure. It’s easy to forget to cushion the bottom of this structure, but it is essential that several inches be well padded to protect from any impact underneath. Many fine art removals companies construct their own specialist wooden crates which are often lined with foam or other padded material. Once the sculpture is settled in its crate, shredded paper, polystyrene, fabric or other suitable cushioning material can prevent further breakage with ease. It’s important to target the most fragile spots in the structure and ensure that these are suitably protected.
No matter how well protected the sculpture is inside its packaging however, any handlers need to be fully informed of the fragility and properly equipped to handle the crate. Whether this is by hand or machine, all care and awareness is needed. The box must always be kept and carried upright above all else.
It’s not just breakage which the sculpture might need to be protected against though. The material with which its constructed could be easily affected by moisture, and so the sculpture might need to also be wrapped in acid-free tissue paper to protect it from both moisture and dust.