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25
Apr

Mtec Installations | ‘Poppies:Wave’ @ Fort Nelson

Our ongoing relationship with 14-18 NOW has led us to yet another poignant and successful installation of ‘Poppies: Wave’, this time at Fort Nelson in Hampshire. Four years on from their original installation at the Tower of London, the ‘Wave’ element of the multi-faceted piece, conceived to commemorate the centenary of World War One, is in its final year of touring the UK. Having previously been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Shoeburyness, it will remain in its current position for the next three months. The original installation saw 888,246 poppies displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost between 1914 and 1918. Continue Reading…

10
Apr

Mtec Installations | Barry Flanagan @ New Art Centre

As part of our #25yearsofmtec celebrations, where we are looking back over some of our favourite projects, we are looking at the relocation and installation of one of Barry Flanagan’s momentus hare sculptures. Barry Flanagan has been a very important part of Mtec’s history and one of the artists whom we have worked with most consistently throughout our 25 years. We continue to work extremely closely with his estate and the installation of ‘Acrobats’ is testament to this.

Back in December 2017 we were asked to project manage the relocation of the piece at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury. Despite the repositioning of the work being within the same site, full provisions had to be made to move the delicate piece, the largest version made by the artist at 10m tall, to avoid any damage. The risk of flex and thus damage to the sculpture is further increased by the need to move the sculpture in its horizontal position. Due to this, and the size of the work, a bespoke travel frame was fabricated to maintain rigidity in the sculpture across its length specifically.

Having worked on the original installation of the work 15 years ago it was an honour be trusted with relocating the work and we look forward to being tasked with any further projects involving ‘Acrobats’, Barry Flanagan’s work and the New Art Centre in the future.

Further stunning images of the work in situ can be found both on the New Art Centre (@new_art_centre) and Barry Flanagan’s estate (@barryflanaganestate) on Instagram.

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03
Apr

Mtec Services | Artfairs 2018

Our Art Fair team have just returned from another successful Art Basel Hong Kong, where we have been overseeing the shipment and installation of works for a number of galleries. As per the other major fairs we attend, the Mtec team were on site to provide shipping estimates to aid client sales, to assist with dispersal at the end of the fair and look after the de-install and return shipment of works to the UK. During the fair we had the pleasure of being able to visit some of the stunning booths as well as pop-up events around the city, including watching legendary Chinese performance artist the Frog King (Kwok Mango-Ho) write exhibition-goers names in Chinese at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth.

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11
Mar

Mtec Installations | Sir Anthony Caro @ Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, Bourbourg

As we progress through our 25th Anniversary year, we will be looking back at some of the most groundbreaking, poignant and technically challenging installations of our history.

10 years on Sir Anthony Caro’s installation, Chapel of Light, at the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Bourbourg remains just as poignant and dramatic. Situated in the previously concealed choir of the church, Caro’s series of stunning sculptures were conceived as a memorial in honour of the friendship and support experienced between Britain and France during WW2.

Firstly, struck by an artillery shell and secondly, hit by the flaming tail of a crashing German bomber, the bell tower collapsed in an inferno Continue Reading…

26
Feb

Mtec Services | New custom vehicles arriving soon

We are pleased to be adding another two custom vehicles to our fleet in the coming weeks. Both vehicles are currently undergoing additional works in order to bring them in-line with our exacting standards and fulfil the bespoke requirements needed for fine-art shipments and installations, both nationally and internationally.

The first of our two new acquisitions will be utilised both in the UK and Europe. Due to its compact size when compared to our other vehicles, the van will be used to reduce client costs and increase the accessibility for inner city jobs or those in more complex locations. Continue Reading…

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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13
Jun

Ai Weiwei @ Downing College

This week we have had a team  at Downing College, Cambridge installing Ai Weiwei’s Trees at the Heong Gallery. The major installation, outside of the gallery’s entrance, is part of the major exhibition ‘Trees and Cubes’, which runs from Jun, 17 – Oct, 9. You can watch a live stream of us installing the works in the run up to Tuesday’s opening at the Downing College website here

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10
Jun

Mtec & the Tate

This month sees the grand opening of ‘The Switch House’, the 20,700 sq m (222,813 sq ft) extension to the Tate Modern. We thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our history working with the Tate on a variety of projects and locations, so here are our favourite moments from over the years:

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07
Jun

New Viewing Room facility

We are pleased to announce that phase 1 of our new Gallery Viewing Spaces is now complete at our Enfield facility. Based 30-40 minutes from Central London we have created a fully climate-controlled, lockable viewing space, suitable for the installation and photography of 2D and 3D artworks.  Set within 20,000sq.ft of storage space, and with a large external access shutter (approx. 4 x 4m), we are able to store and install large-scale pieces all at the same location.

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01
Jun

Mtec Recommends… June 2016

The summer has begun and here are our exhibition recommendations: some staples of the art calendar and some new and exciting additions.

May, 28 – Sep, 4 2016 Lincoln Castle – Poppies:Wave

Lincoln Castle becomes the second venue to host this monumental work by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. With it’s rich history and strong ties with World War One, Lincoln proves to be an inspirational setting for this breathtaking and emotive work.


 

Jun, 10 – Oct, 9 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses – Various Artists

This year the Serpentine Pavilion is joined by a series of Summer Houses which all take inspiration from the park’s rich history. You can read more about the individual Summer Houses and this year’s pavilion (designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)) here.

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