|John and his dog are flying in|
the foundry of Miguel Macia
Plenty of time should be planned for installation. If you are trying to set up an unveiling of a sculpture it is best to plan weeks in advance for the installation. Installation and delivery can be stalled by weather. I have, at times, also had deliveries rerouted because of wildfires. Giving plenty of time for pouring and delivery is important.
Miguel Macia works carefully at his foundry. We have seen all of the work that has gone into the sculpture up to this point. It has its final patina and so great care is taken not to scratch the art.
First a pattern must be made.
Some installers may not need this, but I find it is nice to have.
Internal mounting structure
|There are nuts that are welded into the bottom portion|
of the sculpture.
|The cardboard template is made.|
|The threaded rods poke through|
Prep at the Site
Nouveau Construction created the concrete slab at the site. I sent them specifications as to how deep and wide the slab would need to be to accommodate the weight of John and his dog and to look aesthetically pleasing. Ideally I would have loved to see John on a continuous walkway, with the same look as the other walkways, instead of just on a pad. I really love it when my sculptures just blend in with their surroundings.
|I cut out portions of the template. you will see how this is|
important at installation.
- Extra patina, brushes and wax, just in case the sculpture is accidentally scratched.
- A torch to melt the wax
- All of the clients reference material
- A release form
- A form that describes the care of a bronze
- A sledge hammer. If someone else is installing the sculpture they might bring a sledge hammer. You will see the use of this at installation.
|Miguel Macias is my accomplice in this loading.|
we have used this engine hoist on more than
one occasion and it works great.
|I tend to carry a lot of bodies in this van. Miguel said, "My|
dad taught me always tie down anything you are transporting."
John and his dog are secure.
If I were to transport John and his dog on a trailer he would not be covered. My art shipping company of choice is Acts Crating and Transportation. They ship all of my work, unless a foundry offers shipping at a better price. If a sculpture is shipped on an open bed the flapping of the tarps can sometimes rub off the patina. If he were on a trailer he would be on a very interesting walk from Houston to Frisco, Texas.
Author: Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon