News

02
Aug

Mtec Experts | The Line

This month we had the pleasure of talking to Simona Pizzi of The Line about how consistently working with Mtec has made the logistics of the project easier year on year, to form a solid and efficient partnership.

‘Since 2015, Mtec have been the official installation partner of The Line and have undertaken a number of installation and deinstallation of sculptures located in East London between The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Line was first installed in May 2015 and I started work at The Line in April 2016, and have worked with Mtec to de-install some of the sculptures on the trail. Mtec are renowned for their expertise in installing large sculptures and my experience with them has been no different. I was able to oversee the de-installations and what impressed me most is the way the team worked cohesively together, it was like watching a well choreographed ballet and the process was made to look incredibly simple and straightforward. I felt at ease, especially when you have an 8 metre tall bronze sculpture dangling over the waters of the Royal Docks!Continue Reading…

18
Jul

Mtec Installations | The Sunbathers @ South Bank Centre

At the 1951 Festival of Britain one sculpture inspired romantic Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who wrote: “the linked terra-cotta man and woman fly – defying gravity and elegantly hurrying up a W.C. wall.” The Sunbathers by Peter Laszlo Peri remained untouched and unloved in the garden of the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath following de-installation at the Festival, and attention was only drawn to its provenance after a campaign to find lost public art by Historic England.

Following an overwhelming response to a crowdfunded appeal, The Sunbathers have been restored and are now on display at their original home on the South Bank. Mtec were honoured to project manage the installation of the works at the Southbank Centre where they will remain for the next two months. In the meantime, Historic England are continuing to campaign for a more permanent home for the sculpture, you can read more about this here.

07
Jul

Mtec Installations | #summerofsculpture

Following on from our installations in the Spring at UEA & CASS Sculpture Foundation, our Summer of Sculpture has continued gaining more momentum as we approach some key events in the Art World calendar.

Our summer began working with the British Council in Venice again for the Biennale. Our sister company MA-CO Italia were on hand to help with the logistics of importing and shipping Phyllida Barlow’s large sculptural works as part of our ongoing role as supporters and logistics providers of the British Pavilion.

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02
Aug

Mtec Recommends… August 2016

Traditionally one of the quietest months in the art calendar, August may not be full of exhibition openings but there are some great events and opportunities to explore this Summer…

Aug, 5 2016 Tate Britain – Late at Tate Britain: Rang Baranga

Taking inspiration from Rasheed Araeen‘s colourful sculpture, this late evening opening serves as a celebration of Summer, with music, food and activities to get you in the Summer spirit!


 

Aug, 11 2016 Whitechapel Gallery – Curator’s Tour: Keith Sonnier

Join Assistant Curator Habda Rashid for a tour of ‘Light Works’, the latest exhibition of neon installations by Keith Sonnier.

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29
Jul

De-installing in Doha…

Two of our project managers have been in Doha at the QM Gallery ALRAWIQ this week de-installing the 8 x 12 metre, 40 tonne sculpture ‘Freedom’ by Peng Yu & Sun Yuan. The piece, which was part of Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, is comprised of a fire hose, on full blast, flailing wildly within the confines of the steel structure. You can see ‘Freedom’ in situ in the below video.

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26
Jul

RA to exhibit groundbreaking 3D Scanner

In September the RA will unveil a new, groundbreaking exhibit in the form of the Veronica Chorographic scanner. Developed by the Factum Foundation, the scanner (which was originally created for medical purposes) gives a highly accurate facsimile of the sitter, which will then be printed as 3D life-size busts. Visitors will also receive an electronic file containing the 3D scan of themselves.

Adam Lowe and Manuel Franquelo, founders of Factum, describe the scanner as a “wart and all” objective view of the self, free from the subjective interpretation of the sculptor. It takes just 4 seconds to take 96 high resolution images from every angle which go on to form the 3 million polygons of the final 3d image. We can’t wait to see it in action!

For more information on the scanner and its place in the RA click here.

14
Jul

RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

Damien Hirst’s Newport St Gallery has been shortlisted for this years RIBA Stirling Prize for contribution to architecture in 2016. The gallery is one of six projects nominated, including the newly redeveloped Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle and the restoration of the Bodleian’s Weston library.

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12
Jul

Conrad Shawcross’ – ‘Paradigm’

Earlier on in the year we had the honour of installing Conrad Shawcross’ ‘Paradigm’ at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Commissioned by both the Institute and the Wellcome Trust ‘Paradigm’ was selected as part of a collaboration between the Crick and Artwise Curators and is inspired by Thomas Kuhn’s theory that scientific discovery is not a linear process but the result of several shifts in thinking which lead to series of breakthroughs.Continue Reading…

08
Jul

Ron Arad @ St. Pancras International

After installing Ron Arad’s ‘Spyre’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts earlier this month, we’ve become huge fans of his work. This week, the Tel-Aviv based designer unveiled his monumental sculpture ‘Thought of Train of Thought’ at St. Pancras International, suspended high above the very platforms which he clearly remembers staring above on his first visit to the station in 1973. The twisted aluminium blades, which have been fabricated by a Dutch shipbuilder, rotate slowly in a manner which echoes the constant movement of ‘Spyre’, and which Arad hopes will have a calming effect on the bustling and busy commuters below.

You can read more about ‘Thought of Train of Thought’ here. To read more about our installation of ‘Spyre’ at the RA and to watch a video of the installation please visit our previous blog post here.

04
Jul

Mtec Recommends…July 2016

This month showcases several iconic artists and their work; making for a summer of celebration and reflection…

Jun, 2016 – May, 2017 Sculpture in the City 2016 – Various Artists

Once again the City of London is home to an inspiring collection of sculpture. This year, as proud sponsors, we have installed a total of 20 works including those by Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas, Anthony Caro and Giuseppe Penone.


Jul, 2 – Oct, 2 2016 Royal Academy of the Arts – David Hockney: 82 Portraits & 1 Still-life

As one of the most anticipated shows of the year, David Hockney’s return to the RA is not set to disappoint. With the entire show painted over the course of three days, and telling the story of those who have crossed paths with the artist over the last two years, the exhibition sees the influence of LA on Hockney’s work after his departure from Yorkshire.

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28
Jun

David Hockney at the Royal Academy

Hockney is back at the RA, and with a monumental show to say the least. 82 portraits and 1 still-life sees the influential painter return to the academy for the first time since his departure from his Yorkshire homeland and his return to the LA arts scene. The exhibition documents his exploration of portraiture, following a study of his studio manager, via a series of subjects including friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Perhaps the most striking element of the series is the uniform size and setting of each of the portraits, helping to unify the group in stunning fashion, something only further cemented when we learn that all pieces in the show were completed in just three days of sittings!

For more information on the show please visit the Royal Academy website here.

Also showing at the RA is this year’s Summer Exhibition which you can read more about here.

‘David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’ runs from Jul, 2 – Oct, 2 2016.

20
Jun

Sculpture in the City 2016

Whilst last week’s Art News was dominated (and quite rightly so) by the opening of the Tate’s Switch House, another art calendar staple was beginning to take shape on the other side of the Thames: Sculpture in the City 2016.

Mtec have been busy installing works around the City of London over the last two weeks including pieces by Mat Collishaw, Ugo Rondinone and Sarah Lucas and are again proud sponsors of the program.

You can keep up-to-date with the installations by following @sculpturecity and @mtec0 on twitter, and via the hashtags #installedbymtec & #sculptureinthecity. If you see us at work make sure you tag us too!

Sculpture in the City 2016 runs from Jun, 28 and more information can be found at the Sculpture in the City website.

(all images courtesy of @sculpturecity (twitter.com/sculpturecity))

16
Jun

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Reporting from the Front’ is now in full swing. Opening on May, 28th the exhibition has a strong social focus, exploring the economic, political and environmental elements of architecture. Prominent offerings include Norman Foster’s ‘Droneports’ designed to deliver important aid, medical supplies and the like to remote areas in need and the Polish pavilion which highlights construction workers and the immigration issues surrounding their work abroad.

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