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17
Nov

Mtec Shipping | G. F. Watts @ The Royal Academy

Mtec have recently been tasked with the collection from Pangolin Editions of a new bronze cast of the iconic sculpture ‘Physical Energy’ by G. F. Watts. The fabrication and installation of the work marks a return to its original placing in the courtyard of the Royal Academy, London, 113 years after it was first in situ in 1904.

A Victorian Royal Academian, George Frederic Watts OM (1817–1904) was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and his works helped to form the collections of the Tate and National Portrait Gallery in their infancy. As a sculptor in the Victorian age, Watts created several iconic public commissions throughout his career and his ambition to revive the question monument led to personal commissions for members of the British aristocracy. ‘Physical Energy’ is a great example of how his private work served to act as a cumulative study for his ambitious public projects, and after initial posthumous presentation in the RA courtyard in 1904, further casts were shipped and show in Cape Town, Harare and closer to home in Kensington Gardens.In 2017, the Watts Gallery Trust commissioned this fourth bronze cast of Physical Energy to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Watts. Following its presentation at the RA, the cast will be installed permanently at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton, Surrey.

The work is being exhibited in the Annenburg Courtyard, Royal Academy of the Arts in collaboration with the Watts Gallery Trust and will be on display from Nov, 20 2017 – Mar, 30 2018

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10
Oct

Mtec Artfair | Frieze and FIAC

This year Mtec had its largest presence ever at Frieze Masters and Frieze London. In terms of number of vehicles going to and from the site, picture hangers and sculpture technicians on booths and the number of clients appointing Mtec to represent them, it was our busiest fair yet! We were also busy working on other projects around the South-East to coincide with the fair as well as working on client installations at our state-of-the-art viewing facilities close to London.

Our technical team were on hand to take on any last-minute jobs associated with the fair and our dedicated Artfair shipping team were ready to turn around estimate requests, making us a one-stop logistics solution for our colleagues, partners and clients. Our specialist vehicles were at LHR most mornings of the week of the fair for expedite deliveries into and out of town. In terms of consolidated transport, within the week following the fair, Mtec had two large art trucks leaving London for Europe; one serving Paris and Italy, and the other Liege and LUX airports and onto Switzerland.

This year also saw the introduction of our very own client wheels! Galleries and clients were able to borrow our MTEC bicycles to travel both onsite and between the fairsContinue Reading…

18
Sep

Mtec Installations | Folkstone Triennial

This year, Mtec’s #summerofsculpture, was topped with the crown jewel that is Folkestone Triennial. As our first time working on the project it was an honour to be involved with so many of the festival’s integral works; shipping, installing and project managing a number of the town’s main exhibits.

The Folkestone Triennial began in 2008 and has quickly established itself as one of the primary events in the Contemporary Art Calendar and this year saw works by Antony Gormley, Richard Woods, Michael Craig-Martin, Bob and Roberta Smith and Bill Woodrow included in the programme.

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29
Oct

YSP in Venice – Ursula Von Rydingsvard

Our relationship with Yorkshire Sculpture Park has now been ongoing for 25 years, with this years projects including the installation of ‘Poppies:Wave’, ‘Caro in Yorkshire’ and ‘Henry Moore: Back to a Land’ .

Working together with our sister company MA-CO, Mtec coordinated, shipped and installed Ursula Von Rydingsvard’s installation in the Giardino della Marinaressa at this year’s Venice Biennale. The installation has been documented in a film, Continue Reading…

29
Oct

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.Continue Reading…

27
Sep

‘The Catch’ – A sculpture for Rugby World Cup 2015

‘The Catch’ is the latest in an ongoing series of collaborative projects between Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, and the acclaimed Italian artist, Nino Mustica. Working with Gaucho Productions, two identical sculptures have been installed by Mtec in two of the UK’s most iconic rugby venues (Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium) and will remain for the duration of the Rugby World Cup 2015. . Inspired by the sports’ line-out, the sculpture measures over 8 metres tall and is the second piece to be made by the unique partnership to explore the relationship between abstract art and automotive design.

We initially worked with Land Rover, Nino Mustica and Gaucho Productions on installing the first sculpture in the series, ‘Unstoppable Spirit’, on London’s South Bank for Frieze 2014. The installation of the two 7m high sculptures in such a prominent and public space created its own unique obstacles and the week-long project took meticulous planning. Lifting equipment had strict parameters due to the public nature of the thoroughfare and transport had timed windows in which to arrive and leave around commuter traffic in the area; both issues Mtec have experience in dealing with and working around on major inner-city installations.

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29
Aug

MA-CO Italia announced as official transport and logistics partner of Florence Biennale

We are extremely proud to announce that our sister company, MA-CO ITALIA,  has been selected as official partner of the 2015 Florence Biennale:‘X Florence Biennale: art and the polis’.

The Biennale will take place in the heart of Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso, from October 17th to 25th, 2015.

MA-CO Italia will be in supporting artists from across the world with our expertise in art handlingcustoms clearanceexport formalities and fine art transport together with storage during the Biennale and packing services where requiredas well as our more traditional role of installation. We will be installing a range of works from small photographs to large sculptures in a range of spaces both inside and out the venue.

MA-CO was founded in 2013 as a direct result of demand for Mtec’s services within Venice. We have always had a strong reputation in the city as an art handler due to our extensive knowledge when it comes to art installation and logistics within Venice generally. Following the closure of our suppliers, there became a real need for our company to have a base in Italy to negotiate the very unique transport issues faced when moving and installing art into Venice; thus MA-CO Italia was founded.

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20
Aug

@Mtec0 – social media update

Earlier this year we relaunched and rebranded our website and started keeping you updated across a host of social media platforms. We hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of the projects we have been working on from a different perspective and also, if you are one of our partners or clients, have noticed our support when it comes to sharing important news or events.

If you have yet to follow us on any of our social media accounts please use the buttons in the sidebar to take a look at our streams, and like our content.

In addition, if we are working on a project with you and you would like us to use a particular #hashtag or tag any of your accounts, then please let us know so that we can help bolster any social media campaign you may have in place through our own, regularly updated, accounts.

For now, we’re going to leave you with our top art installation #hashtags and perhaps you’ll be inspired to use one next time we work together:

#bigcranefriday – Need we say more? Big Cranes… on a Friday
#mtectoolsofthetrade – 
A great insight into the kit we use
#wrapitpackittapeitmoveit – 
Job done:great for showchanges
#arthandling – 
A great hashtag used by art installers around the globe

30
Jul

FORS Accreditation

Early this summer we were audited by FORS (Fleet Operator recognition scheme) and achieved our FORS Bronze accreditation.

FORS is voluntary and open to any company operating a fleet including vans, lorries, mini-buses and coaches.

The FORS process of accreditation and continuous improvements make sound business sense, and give our clients peace of mind, that not only do we take compliance seriously, but that we have a strong commitment to high standards of road safety and accident reduction.

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28
Jul

Sculpture in the City 2015

After working with MTEC for over five years now one thing is for certain: everything will be fine when it comes to installing the sculptures. The team’s level of experience and ability is second to none and I feel confident speaking on behalf of myself and the Sculpture in the City project team when I say that we have never worked with a team with such extraordinary level of diligence and care. Put simply MTEC make the most extraordinary tasks appear easy.’

Stella Ioannou – Co-director, Sculpture in the City


The Square Mile contains some of London’s most iconic landmarks and thanks to a unique collaboration between the City of London, local businesses and the art world, each year it becomes enhanced with internationally renowned works of sculpture which serve to form an exhibition within the urban environment.

Mtec have had the honour of being involved in Sculpture in the City over the last five years, not only as art installers and transporters, but also as patrons of the project.

This year we have enjoyed making the most of our new social media platforms to converse with our partners on the project, and share media, not only during the install and but also of the finished project.

We’d love to see your images of the works you may come across, on your way to work or out and about, just be sure to tag us (@mtec0 and @sculpturecity ) or use the hashtag #sculptureinthecity

Sculpture in the City runs from Jun 30, 2015 – Jun 30, 2016. You can download a map of artworks here.

24
Jul

New Truck adds green credentials to our fleet

Meet one of our Brand New vehicles, not only does it have a state of the Art Crane with 23 meter reach, the engine it is EURO VI  Low emissions compliant.

At Mtec we’ve always paid close attention to improving our Carbon Footprint wherever possible, as an early  adopter of EURO VI Low emission vehicles  in 2013, Mtec is well placed for the future with the first of four new vehicles arriving in the fleet this year at EURO VI bringing our total count of environmental vehicles to 14. All of Mtec’s new Vehicles are CLOCS compliant with Left Turn  warning systems and rear view side camera’s to protect growing platoons of London Cyclists on busy City Streets.

We hope to continue to reduce Mtec’s footprint and keep working towards a fleet that is both meaner and greener.

29
Jun

A day in the life of a Project Manager

Here at Mtec we have built a reputation as experts among our field when it comes to shipping. However, we wanted to give you an insight into the scope of the work that we do, and what better way to do that than follow one of our experienced Project Managers for the day?

So we sent our project manager, Paul Embleton, out for a day’s work with a camera in-hand and had him fill us in on his travels:

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13
May

Mtec at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale

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This year has proved to be an exciting one for Mtec at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale. We’ve been involved in packing, shipping and installing a great range of work, each presenting their own unique challenges, in multiple sites across Venice. It has been a pleasure working with some of the art world’s most esteemed galleries, institutions and artists in the run up to the preview weekend, and we hope to repeat that success working together at future installations and Biennales to come.

Here are our highlights of this year’s preview weekend and insight into Mtec‘s involvement.
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