There are many fragile things in this world; there are many things in the world that hold a great deal of sentiment, emotion, and history, and fine art is one of those things that requires the utmost care. When moving a piece of history from one place to another, be it to a museum or shipped to your home, one must take special precautions so that the art shipping process is seamless and your masterpiece is undamaged. When transporting fine art, there are multiple methods to be used, and which one is employed depends on the confidence of the piece’s safety.
A knowledgable transporter will often use a corrugated box for the art shipping, after wrapping it in high-quality bubble wrap placed between rigid styrofoam. The bubble wrap prevents the painting, or other art pieces, from scratches, dents, and damage from shifting around. However, some artwork may not be able to be wrapped in bubble wrap due to the nature of their make, such as oil paintings. Sometimes, movers may even place a single piece of art in two boxes for extra protection.
If a piece is shipped overseas or exceptionally large, the seller or mover may send it by plane. More often, though, art pieces come by truck. You can opt for a standard service such as FedEx or UPS, but there are plenty of movers out there that if those services aren’t appealing. The ideal for moving fine art is for there to be minimal human handling, to minimize the risk of dropping or damaging the piece. When boxed, movers use sturdy packing tape to ensure the box doesn’t open during transport and shipping labels to alert movers that they need to handle the piece with care.
On certain occasions, the piece can be wrapped in something protective like a heavy blanket so that the artwork can be brought directly to you without needing to be unboxed. On the opposite extreme, a transporter might use custom-designed crates for packaging an extremely valuable or oddly shaped piece where a box might not offer the amount of protection needed for transport and discretion.
Keeping the boxes inconspicuous is vital to avoid art theft, and transporters will do what it takes to ship fine art as swiftly and unassumingly as possible. Art shipping is a cautious task, but with the right packaging materials and a reliable transporter, your piece of fine art will come to its destination safe and sound.
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