Collections & Exhibitions Collaborative
Collections and Exhibits Collaborative started as a simple idea: important projects that required complimentary professionals in different specialties in order for the project to succeed, found that working together made successive projects easier and more transparent for everyone, especially as the scope of the project is defined, explained and confirmed, regardless of scale and scope.
Mark Di Suvero Sculpture
In the spring of 2013, Fine Arts Specialists, was asked to lead the team that would de-install, pack and transport the monumental Mark Di Suvero sculpture: " Are Years What," from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:
This piece consists primarily of steel i-beams, the largest @ 40' long and approx. 3,000 lbs. It is bolted together and required rigging/ crane, art handling crew/ carpenters and tractor trailer transport. Projects this scale requires perfect attention to detail. Troubleshooting begins at the start of the project; pricing is always based on assessed needs. Since it would be a cross country journey, each piece of the sculpture had to be packed and tarped.
Joe Turpin has provided specialized transport in the Museum and Fine Arts community for years. He understands the unique requirements that Art requires when it travels: type of trailers, tractors, road permits, potential problems and options. Discussions about what was needed based on the projects scope helped troubleshoot in advance any unexpected problems.
Case Study In De-Installation
The sculpture would require the crane to be on-site for 1 day. All work including the de-installation and the loading of the two trailers would have to be synchronized: as each part of the sculpture was unbolted and rigged, the tractors would have to be in position for the beams to be placed on the flatbeds. Each trailer was given a specific load plan because of the various sizes and shapes of the steel. The vertical, taller and shaped pieces would be placed on the single drop trailer to avoid over height permits and the 40' long beams were placed on the conventional trailer. FAS would prepare most of the components to brace pack the pieces on the flatbed ahead of time, only cutting 2x4's as necessary on-site. Since we had to complete everything in one day he booked the exact tractor trailers needed. The trucks exceeded my expectations; the conventional flatbed had an integrated tarpaulin system that covered the load after it was packed in minutes and the driver of the single drop trailer helped discuss how best to brace pack the odd shaped pieces so that the tarps would not mar the objects surface. They even had an on-board generator which we used to connect our miter saw so that we could finish as promised. The sculpture arrived in San Francisco on time with no problems.