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How to Pack or Wrap Sculptures or Statues

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Sculptures and statues are works of art that can be very delicate and easily damaged if not taken care of properly, so it's important to protect them with the right amount of packaging and wrapping when you're getting ready to move. Sculptures and statues tend to all be very different from each other, often with unique and unusual shapes which make them difficult to pack and move to your new location without any scratches or damages.

In order to protect them as much as possible while keeping them intact, you must pack them perfectly. Your collection of sculptures or statues likely holds a lot of value to you, whether it is monetary value, sentimental value, or both, and they can be an elegant addition to your home. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step procedure on how to pack your sculptures and statues like a pro, while ensuring the safety of your collection during your move.

How to pack sculptures and statues in boxes

As with packing and wrapping anything of value, it is always best to have a clear idea on how to pack them before you begin the packing process. This can save you a lot of time and headaches down the road and you'll go into the process with a clear-cut and concise plan on how to go about packing your valuable sculptures and statues.

Anything you can do to lessen the stress of moving is helpful, and if you can plan and prepare for your packing well in advance of your move, you can accomplish everything you need to do without the fear of becoming overwhelmed by your impending move date. Before you start packing the sculptures and statues, first make an inventory of your whole collection so that you will have a complete idea of the items that you have to pack, as well as the quantities of packing materials that you'll require for the packing.
  • Things you'll need: For packing sculptures and statues, you should have these supplies: bubble wrap, a box which is bigger in size than the item, tape and shredded paper or packing peanuts.
  • Identify the size: To pack the sculptures like a pro you will first need to identify the size of the sculpture. If it is possible to dissemble it, then dissemble it into two or more parts and remove all the bolts and pins attached to it. Then makes sure to pack each part properly by following the steps in order to provide them with the maximum protection. If the sculpture is small in size and can directly fit into one of the boxes, then there is no need to dissemble it and you can wrap and pack it as you would normally do.
  • Use an appropriate box: Take a box which is bigger than the size of the sculpture itself or one that can hold each of the separate parts of the sculpture if you chose to take it apart in order to pack it. This will allow the statue to fit inside the box without any issues. Also keep in mind that as you wrap the sculpture or statue with packing wraps, newspapers, or bubble wrap it will significantly increase the size of the item.
  • Bubble wrap: Once you get the right box that fits your statue, you can now start wrapping it with bubble wrap, packing wrap, newsprint or whatever other materials you've obtained to wrap your statue or sculpture and keep it protected during the move. To do this, simply wrap the upper half of the sculpture or statue twice, all the way around, and then seal it with packing tape. Then, wrap the bottom half of the sculpture twice as well and seal it with packing tape. Make sure to remember to cover the middle of the sculpture or statue as well, and wrap the part where the two halves meet, covering up any gap in the wrapping and keeping every inch protected. It is also important to remember to pack them very cautiously, as the very delicate designs of some sculpture and statues can damage quite easily if they are jostled around during the move. At last, reinforce the bubble wrap with the help of some packing tape and seal it properly at each end.
  • Fill the empty space: Place the wrapped statue in an upright position inside the box that you have chosen for it. Then, fill one-third of the empty space inside the box with shredded paper or with packing peanuts to create a buffer that will protect the sculpture or statue while it's in transit.  This is in order to ensure that the sculpture doesn't move too much inside the box during its shipment, which can damage it.
Once everything is done, shut the box and seal it with packing tape. Finally, remember to label it "Fragile" on the box. This will let your movers know that they should handle the box with care during the move.

Packing larger sculptures and statues

It can be difficult to wrap and pack delicate sculptures and statues in a box, but what's even more difficult is moving larger sculptures or statues that are simply too big to fit in a moving box. For example, many people have large statues or sculptures which they display in their house or outside in the front yard or back yard which can sometimes stand several feet tall, and it can be hard to find the right packing materials and boxes to fit them.

For larger, more difficult sculptures and statues that exceed a few feet in height, the same approach can be used for wrapping it, only on a larger scale. For example, rather than wrapping it in newsprint or packing paper, you should use moving blankets or large rolls of bubble wrap for protection. Make sure to wrap the entire sculpture in a moving blanket covering the entire length of the piece, before securing it in place with packing tape. Using bubble wrap underneath moving blankets will provide the most protection for the statue and you should take extreme caution when wrapping it to make sure that all areas of the statue are properly covered and protected, as there won't be a box to provide additional protection from the elements or whatever else the statue is exposed to during the move.

Load the statue on to a furniture dolly to transport it onto and off of the moving truck and make sure to have at least one or two other people helping to move the statue by distributing the weight evenly at both ends. Provide support for the statue by anchoring the base once it's on the moving truck so that it doesn't tip over during the trip.

  Posted by Robert Moreschi on April 1, 2013

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