Mtec’s Project Manager, Paul Embleton, shares his top considerations to make when planning a Public Art project:
We are honoured to have been assigned as shippers for Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming show, ‘Seeing Round Corners’, featuring works by Barry Flanagan, Anish Kapoor, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash, David Batchelor, Richard Long and Ben Nicholson, amongst others. The show explores how artists have responded to phenomenon of the circle and draws on a wealth of concepts and subjects from the atomic and the cosmic, geometry and optics, to time, rotation and visual perception.
To read more about the show, which opens on Sat, May, 21 you can read the official press release on the Turner Contemporary website.
Turner Contemporary is a Registered Charity and relies on the support and patronage of those who donate to continue their ongoing work. You can donate and pledge your support here.
This month saw the addition of another Mercedes-Benz Actros to our large and versatile fleet. This extremely green asset, to our already environmentally clean inventory of vehicles, means that we are now 99% EURO 6 according to European emission standards and are committed to being one of the “Greenest” fleets of vehicles in London.
The latest Actros truck is slightly smaller than our other model, giving us greater manoeuvrability around the city streets. The vehicle has an internal length of 9m, width of 2.4m and internal height of 3m, with a 3Tonne tail lift and the capacity to have a courier seat in the cab. As with all of our fleet, it has built in tracker so we can monitor locations at all time for security and keep our clients aware of their cargos progress.
If you would like to learn more about our any of our fleet or have any questions about the environmental or logistical credentials of our fleet then please drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We spent much of the cold, blustery January amidst the Yorkshire Countryside, and although it might have felt at times like we had drawn the short straw (especially when compared to colleagues who were working in locations like the Jeddah Peninsula in Saudi Arabia!), the end result made it an invaluable experience. We had previously installed work by KAWS at Frieze Sculpture park but installing these hauntingly beautiful works at YSP, in the artist’s first major UK exhibition, was a unique and rewarding experience. YSP have commissioned this brilliant video which shows the installation of ‘SMALL LIE’ (2013) where you can see our project managers and technicians at work. The 10-metre tall sculpture can be seen with other works in the park as well as a collection of paintings and smaller sculpture in the Longside Gallery until Jun, 12 2016.
Over Christmas we ran our #12daysofinstallation and campaigns on our Facebook and Instagram profiles. Gathering together images of our most used (and loved) bits of kit and deciding which installations to include was a great way for us to look back on our most successful year to date. Our social media platforms have grown into a great way to share the work that we do, and also engage with those whom we have been working (remember to tag us or use one of our hashtags if you post something featuring our work).
If you are due to work with us on a project in 2016 don’t hesitate to ask our team about our profiles in order for us to mutually share news, media and updates about our collaborative projects.
If you’re on Instagram make sure you are following us (@mtec0) over the Christmas period. From Dec, 25 to Jan, 5 we will be running two campaigns for the #12daysofchristmas one showing you our favourite bits of art handling and installation kit and the other highlighting some of our favourite projects from 2015.
If you have images of work we have carried out for you or have spotted us mid-installation then be sure to tag us or use either #12daysofinstallation or #12daysoftoolsofthetrade
In October we had the pleasure of working with the artist Subodh Gupta and the Victoria & Albert Museum on both the fabrication and installation of “When Soak Becomes Spill”. The 6m high sculpture will remain on Exhibition Rd, SW7 until 31 January 2016 as part of the V&A’s India Festival.
On receipt of the pre-fabricated bucket, Mtec worked closely with the artist to create sections of welded utensils, which had been shipped from India. These sections were then welded together by our team ready for installation on-site. Working directly with artists from the conception of an idea, through to fabrication, shipping and installation is an exciting process and something we always relish the chance to do. This process has been captured in the above film (commissioned by the V&A) which shows our team at work both at our storage facility in Ware and during installation on Exhibition Rd.
As always we’d love to see your images with “When Soak Becomes Spill” so be sure to tag us (@mtec0) or use the hashtag #mtec0
The evening includes an exhibition tour followed by a conversation about the relationship between Contemporary Art and its materialistic challenges. Paul will be presenting and answering questions about the use of unconventional materials and equipment for artwork installation, shipping and packing.
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…
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.