Art Fair Overview – Frieze & FIAC 2015

October, as always, has been one of our busiest months so far this year. With numerous responsibilities at both Frieze and FIAC, we have been busy transporting and installing works, firstly at Frieze Sculpture Park, and then in the Jardin des Tuileries the week following.

This year the highlight of Mtec’s involvement at Frieze has been in the Sculpture Park, which has been curated by Clare Lilley from Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

frieze shawcross

Our expertise in sculpture logistics, as well as the relationships we have with the galleries and artists exhibiting, mean that we have been called upon to work with some amazing pieces this year, including ‘Lock’ by Richard Serra which is being exhibited for the first time since 1976 courtesy of Peter Freeman Gallery. The installation of this iconic work required 38 tonnes of foundations being laid and subsequently hidden under turf, before the sculpture was installed.

This year we have also worked with David Zwirner Gallery on the installation of Carol Bove’s ‘Open Screen’ and installed a section of Conrad Shawcross’ ‘Dappled Light of the Sun’ (courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, see above) after installing the sculpture at the Royal Academy as part of this year’s Summer show.

FIAC  2015 was our most interesting to date, with some of our technicians
having to spend the entire installation of Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ (courtesy of Lisson Gallery) dry-suited in the waters of the garden’s octagonal basin.

Also included in the 2015 Edition of the Jardin, and installed by Mtec, were Antony Gormley’s ‘Big Look’ (courtesy of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac) and ‘Heavy Metal Stack of Six’ by Angela Bulloch (courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery).

We always enjoy the unique challenges presented by installing at art fairs and this year has been no exception. Although FIAC has now come to an end you can visit Frieze sculpture park until Jan, 10 2016. A free guide to the park is available via the Art Fund app.