What makes art logistics different?February 13, 2018
In his art logistics career, our Regional Manager, Middle East, Gus van Geijtenbeek has overseen the movements of works by Rembrant, Warhol and Picasso. In this month’s Middle East Logistics magazine, he talks about how moving art differs from other logistics operations.
“Where we differ from a regular logistics company is in the packing and installation, because the installation of the artwork is a huge part of the whole process. We do the forwarding part etc., but our expertise shines through in the packing and unpacking and installation, it requires specialist skills and materials and crates,” Gus explains to the magazine.
During the interview, Gus explores some of the specialist materials used in the art logistics business, from Kevlar bullet-proof casing and custom-built wooden crates to air conditioned and air-right suspended vehicles. However, the most important part of the process, he insists, is the people. He lists the specialist skills they require and says: “another delivery company is so much cheaper, but that company has drivers, we have art handlers.”
Planning, he explains is one of the biggest parts of an art handler’s job. “Before you even open the crate you need to have a plan for where you’ll immediately put the artwork, how you’ll move it to where it needs to go and put it on the wall if it’s a painting. You really need to think ahead and in that respect our operation is quite different,” he says.
Gus makes the point that the best laid plans can go awry, so handlers need to put together a plan A, plan B and plan C, just to be sure. Also, they have to be ready to report on a work’s status at every stage of its move for insurance purposes and for the client’s peace of mind.
To read the article in full, visit Middle East Logistics’ website.
To enquire about our art logistics services in the Middle East region, contact our Dubai office.