Installing artwork for commercial real estate requires a lot of preparation. Planning begins from the very first conversations you have with your art consultant. We’re Texas-based art consultants Art + Artisans and we make it easy for commercial real estate developers to get artwork for their properties. This article focuses on the final part of our four-part art acquisition process—Installation. Developers, architects, and interior designers, please read on to learn how early you should start planning for the installation of artwork on your commercial property.
In this Article:
- When to Bring an Art Consultant On Board
- Planning for the Installation of Your Artwork
- Onsite Coordination of Artwork Delivery
- Onsite Supervision of the Artwork Installation
- Final Walkthrough
- Maintenance Recommendations
- Art Engagement Recommendations
- Resources to Learn More About Installing Art for Commercial Real Estate
Video: Installation of the Vessels Art installation at Angelina Hall, Texas State University. San Marcos, TX
When to Bring an Art Consultant on Board
To install artwork on your commercial property in the most cost-effective way possible, it’s best to bring an art consultant on board at the beginning of your project. Having someone on your team who knows whether your specified materials will work with the artwork you select can save you a lot of time and money. Art consultants can also advise you on the correct support structures, wiring and other architectural considerations for the most effective and impactful installation of your artwork. At the very least, bring an art consultant on board before the schematic development phase if large-scale statement artwork or sculpture is involved. And bring them on board by the design development phase of your project to ensure your interior artwork is cohesive with the design concept. Waiting any later almost always leads to added expenses and artwork that’s less integrated into the property.
Planning for the Installation of Your Artwork
There are a number of architectural design issues to take into consideration when installing artwork at a commercial property. For larger statement pieces, it can take up to a year and half of planning to achieve the most cost-effective installation. Which is why we recommend bringing an art consultant on board as early as possible to oversee all the details. The following are a few of the installation details that the LEED and PMP-certified project management team at Art + Artisans oversees for our clients.
Large Statement Pieces
Photos: One of the many installation details an art consultant oversees is ensuring proper lighting is in place when it’s needed to showcase or is part of the artwork itself.
Onsite Coordination of Your Artwork Delivery
Your Art + Artisans project manager will handle the entire artwork delivery process. The following are some of the details we oversee.
- Booking of specialized fine art delivery service.
- Registering access to the dock and freight elevator on site.
- Designating a staging area to safely unpack and inspect the artwork.
- Coordinating with the general contractor and other trades, such as furniture, signage, or painters.
- Overseeing the unpacking, inspecting the artwork for any damage.
- Promptly arranging for the correction of any issues that may arise.
Once the artwork has been inspected and approved, it’s time for installation. This is performed by a specialist while the A+A project manager guides them on the exact height and placement for each piece of art.
After the artwork is installed, your A+A project manager will do a full walk-through with you, using the floorplan to ensure that everything is in place as agreed. If anything needs fixing, for example if something got damaged during delivery, we take care of it. If the final construction of the property differs from the floorplan, we’ll show you any pieces that were changed as a result. Once you sign off on all the art placement, the installation process is complete.
If the artwork you purchased requires special maintenance or cleaning, your project manager will provide you with recommendations.
Studies have shown that art in the workplace, if implemented correctly, can improve employee wellbeing and productivity. Public art can also be a powerful tool for connecting with the surrounding community. Art + Artisans assists our clients in making the most of their art investment by providing recommendations for art engagement opportunities for employees, clients, and the general public.
Resources to Learn More about Installing Artwork for Commercial Real Estate
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Artwork Installation [Art Work Fine Art Services] – An article by fine arts handlers & logistics partners to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists
- Logistical challenges you don’t hear about when installing art in hotels globally [Hotel Designs]
- How to SEND ART to another country – TOP TIPS for crates, paperwork and customs [YouTube] – Detailed video from British abstract artist Ed Swarez about shipping artwork internationally
- A Guide to Packing and Shipping Works of Art [Hot Springs Arts] — Detailed written article on packing and shipping fine art.
- A Brief Guide to Handling Art [The Broad] – Downloadable PDF from The Broad contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, California, USA