Fine Art Moving
Fine Art Movers
Easily the most demanding type of moving is fine art moving. Fine art is expensive, often priceless and truly fine art pieces are unique in the strictest sense of the word. A lot of fine art is old and thus delicate. Fine art is purpose built, Benjamin Constant said: “Art for art’s sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.” Sadly for movers however, that purpose was likely emotional, intellectual or spiritual and had nothing to do with being easily transportable. Art is often in fact decidedly difficult to transport as it often comes in odd shapes and sizes. When moving fine art, it is especially important to pick the right movers.
The primary concern when moving fine art is preservation. Other items which require special care when moving such as medical diagnostic machines and scientific testing equipment can be very expensive, but in general, machines can be replaced, and their costs can be measured. Fine art is irreplaceable as a rule, and often it is priceless so it is of the utmost importance that the moving company hired has the necessary expertise, experience and tools to carry out the move properly.
The logistical concerns associated with ensuring that the art is preserved are truly formidable. Most Fine art is fragile: often measures are taken regularly to preserve works of art in their original form as they sit on display in whatever museum, gallery or home which they beautify. The sad fact about a lot of art is that when it was made, the artists were not worried about whether or not it would stand the test of time, but whether or not the materials they used to create their masterpieces allowed them to realize their visions. Much art has already been lost because the medium used to create it simply crumbled or faded over the years. Specialty items movers have equipment and materials to handle the most fragile items. Specialty movers can work with you create customized solutions to protect your art against excessive temperatures, vibrations, moisture, dust, or whatever else the items concerned can be adversely affected by.
Truly valuable art is a real security concern. Patrons of art are often obsessive and will go through all legal and even illegal means to obtain certain pieces. Art theft is a centuries old phenomenon and should never be taken lightly. Security is definitely a concern when moving particularly expensive works. The right movers will know what security measures are needed, and would be in a position to call in more security should you require more peace of mind.
When one thinks of fine art, one typically thinks of paintings, however, that isn’t always the case. Fine art can come in the form of sculptures or engravings, or mosaics. Architectural works or even furniture can also be regarded as fine art. Moving statues can be a particularly challenging endeavor, particularly older ones carved from stone. They are large, very heavy, and the stone tends to become more brittle over the years. Michelangelo’s David will soon be placed on a special pedestal so that is will be protected from the footfalls of the people who come and view it. If preserving art such as this is a problem while it is standing still, think how much of a problem it is when it is being moved.
In the end, only a specialty mover with the right expertise, experience, equipment, materials, and resources can hope to move fine art in fashion that befits it or the clients who own it. It usually costs a more, but then there is really no fixed price tag for securing that which is priceless.
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