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01-25-2017

Hanging Art in a Perfect Circle

As professional art installers, hanging complicated wall art is actually a lot of fun for us. It presents a challenge outside of the everyday, and it’s exciting to come up with a solution that works, and have a satisfied client at the end of it all.

This next project certainly falls into the category of “complicated wall art” installations. Not that it was an impossible job, it just required a little more care and precision than if we were hanging a few family photos. Why? Because the singular art piece in question was actually made up of more than two dozen different pieces of plexiglass. Plus, the shape of the piece was a perfect circle, meaning not only did each piece have to be exactly spaced and level, but when finished, the entire work as a whole had to be just the right shape.

Here’s a visual overview of how it happened.

wall art hanging New York
First, we laid the work out on the floor to measure it and get a sense of the spacing between each piece. We worked off of the floor arrangement segment-by-segment. 

Then we marked the outer borders of the circle on the wall, and then used a level and tape measure to hang the mural on piece at a time. 

The process was actually simple, but it was just a little more time consuming than a standard installation given the importance of precise spacing. 

In the end, the time and effort was worth it: This piece completely reinvents the all-white staircase where it’s hung.

01-19-2017

Upcoming Art Events in New York City

There’s no time to become an art aficionado in New York City like the middle of winter. It’s freezing cold outdoors, but warm and bright inside the doors of the city’s best museums, galleries, and exhibition halls. Thinking of taking up (or building upon) your love of art and design? Here are a few upcoming art events in New York City to add to your calendar. 

A work by Marisa Merz, via The Met

Merisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space at The Met Breuer, Lenox Hill

This is the first stateside retrospective of the Italian sculptor and artist, best known as the lone female member of the Italian Arte Povera family. The show starts January 24  and runs through May. 

Tatooed New York

The New-York Historical Society hosts this exhibit, which covers the 300+ years of history of tattooing in the city.  Displays will cover tattoos from early Native American Culture through present day, and the show runs February 6 through April 29.

The Armory Show

If you’re looking for art you can actually take home instead of simply admire, mark your calendar for one of the city’s largest annual art fairs, The Armory Show. The show brings some of the world’s leading art galleries and artists, who display thousands of works on Piers 92 and 94.  The show takes place March 1-4. 

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

To celebrate the museum’s 80th anniversary, the famed spiral rotunda will become a display of some of the museum’s most famous works form both its New York and Italian collections. The exhibit runs from Feburary 9 until September 5. 

A scene from the Outsider Art Fair, via the fair’s website.

The Outsider Art Fair

Another shoppable scene, and one of New York’s fastest-growing art fairs, The Outsider Art Fair is celebrating its 25th Anniversary January 19-22 at the Metropolitan Pavillion. Unfamiliar with Outsider Art? It’s essentially a genre made up of individuals who practice “outside” of the traditional art scene, and have no ties to any particular media, movement, or style other that what inspires them personally.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep your weekends occupied through spring! And if you find any new art you love at one of the fairs, you know who to call to help hang it. 

 

 

 

01-12-2017

How to Hang Really Large Wall Art

There’s large wall art and then there’s really large wall art. Most large wall art can be hung with standard picture hanging hardware and a few strong friends. Giant wall art typically needs a custom solution and the help of a professional team. We recently hung this giant Jiří Georg Dokoupil painting in a New York City office building, and it required a lot more than just a hammer and nails.

large wall art

We had a team of four of our staff members handling the piece, which reached nearly ten feet high. 

This particular project required an especially unique solution because the walls of the building lobby were glass, meaning the art couldn’t be affixed directly to the wall. Instead we used a cable system, which was structurally attached to the ceiling. This portion was completed by engineers to ensure structural soundness.

From there, the installation was fairly straight forward despite the weight. We were able to slowly lower and raise the painting about 1′-2′ at a time using the cable system to provide stopping points enabling maximum security and ease. The main handling concerns, weight and stability as it was maneuvered, were eased by overcompensating with the number of hands involved.
 
The most complicated aspect of the project was in fact completed before we hung the piece: getting the back of the frame prepared to attach to the cable system. The main concerns were the overall weight and the anticipated movement due to the combination of cable suspension and the buildings air flow and pressure.
The frame had been designed to be hung from a French cleat which was not readily compatible with the cable system and the overall weight was too great for standard D-rings. So, we came up with a modified D-ring concept using nylon webbing, welded steel O-rings, and steel straps to distribute the weight along the back of the frame and maximize the connection.
We’re happy to report: the solution worked.
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