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Sculpture Packing, Crating and Shipping

Sculpture Crating and shipping
Packing and shipping Bronzes, Glass and Sculptures of many other materials takes extreme care and special handling. Take this "Bear" of a job above. Crating an 8 foot bronze sculpture for Bass Pro Shops The Gateway Operations team has the experience and expertise to handle your sculptures: Make sure my Works of Art are packed and transported to ensure they don't get damaged. 

Art Handling Services these pieces requires professional know how when it comes to the optimum packing and shipping combination for your artwork.

Gateway Optimum Transportation can help you determine what method of transport is right for your art piece. Many fragile items require special transport services that include Air Ride or Shuttle transportation.

Items traveling overseas or internationally will require special packaging, including meeting international packaging standards such as ISPM-15 Wood Packing Materials for crated items shipping between participating countries. Gateway Crate and Freight is a IPPC certified facility for export crating (License US-20468). 

Make sure you understand your artwork packing and shipping options. For a free quote today call 480-966-0795 for Optimum Packing and Crating Services for your valuable Sculptures.
Bronze Statue "Suribachi Summit" Crate and Ship
Bronze Shipping
In recognition of Memorial Day this month our shipment of the month features reusable crates and shipping of 5 bronze statues "Suribachi Summit" Flag raising. Our Friend David Venell is a great artist and sculpture. Visit his website at to view his other sculptures.

For this particular job we had 5 statues with wood and marble base combinations that needed to be protected during shipment. These bronze statues are very heavy and the weight rests on a marble base that is the most fragile part of the piece.

To protect these works of art we created a base of EP foam that both sat under and around the base sinking the statue into a 2 inch cut of foam. This provided protection from shock and vibration during shipping but also it helps to eliminate shifting in the crate.

Because these statues will be moving around to display at military events we needed to design a reusable crate that allowed for easy entry and removal as well as providing solid blocking and bracing.

In the second picture to the right you can see how we designed the crate to allow for blocks and braces to be inserted and removed without screws or bolts. The system allows the statues to be safely held in place but easily removed or inserted at the locations the statues will display.

Finally the outside walls of the crates were designed to clamp together utilizing klimp clamps, this means that at all locations they will not need tools to remove or insert screws for the walls.

Gateway Crate and Freight took great time and care to understand the artists needs and designed a system that will work best for his sculptures. Thanks David for allowing us to provide you with packing and shipping services for your valuable works of art.

Call us if you have valuable fine art pieces. We are Veteran owned business and are proud of our service men and women. 480-966-0795
Glass Art (The Phoenix) Packing and Shipping
Glass Art Shipping
We have packed and shipped a number of valuable art pieces from galleries in Scottsdale but this Glass "Phoenix" was a delicate one. Gateway Crate and Freight has packed and shipped a few of these so we thought we would feature the one we shipped this month.

We start by surrounding the rounded outer glass with a piped foam protector. Bubble wrap is then placed in the space separating the two wings in the center and making a custom fitted box.

Not pictured to the right but added later was a 1" foam base bottom to absorb vibration and not cause cracking in the glass. An additional piece of foam was added to help stabilize the box and reduce the risk of compression at the top.

This is the inner box. This box was then placed in another box with 2 inches of space filled with polystyrene peanuts to provide an extra barrier of protection for the artwork.

Packing and shipping delicate large pieces like this successfully on a regular basis takes the right materials and know how. Before even designing the packaging we knew how this was going to ship. We determine parcel, truck, air etc. and then design the packaging.

Knowing this was traveling by freight truck we then knew a double box method utilizing some foam to cut down on vibration and bubble to protect the art inside the box was a safe and economical way to ship this.

The double box is then placed on a pallet and we banded the box down so it could not move on the pallet and the box is inside the dimension of the pallet. This allows a forklift to pick up and transfer the box but never come in contact with the box. The box is banded to the middle from the front or back where it would be moved. Call us to determine the best options for packing and shipping your valuable artwork. 480-966-0795
Sculpture and Statue Pack and Ship
Sculpture Shipping
Gateway Crate and Freight shipped this Bronze Sculpture UPS and it made it just fine! 

How did we do it? We wrapped, blocked and braced it in a wood frame ensuring the fragile birds could not move and hit any of the container.

The Artist who makes these uses us to pack and ship her work. We have shipped her pieces of art all over the country. Notice on the box that went UPS that we put fragile and up stickers to indicate the best way for the statue to travel.

However we designed the inside so that the item should safely travel no matter what way the box is turned.

If you are an artist and want to protect your one of a kind art pieces when they are shipping to their new home give Gateway Crate and Freight a call 855-474-4685. 

Crating Statues
Bagged and Sunk in Foam
Sculpture Shipping
Removable blocking and bracing
Statue Crating
Statue Crates ready to ship
Custom Wrap Box
Custom Box after Foam and Bubble wrap
Custom Pack Inside Box
Inside Box
Double Box Shipping
Double Box (Outer Box)
Statue Pack
Block and Brace Sculpture
Shipping a Statue
Shipping Ready to Go
We have experience professionally packing, custom crating and transporting a number of valuable pieces of Artwork for Artists, Galleries and Museums. The Gateway Operations Team is dedicated to ensuring these valuables are picked up, stored, packed, shipped and delivered with the security and integrity, that one of a kind pieces of Art require.

Gateway has experience Packing and Shipping:


      • Paintings
      • Sculptures
      • Pottery/Ceramics
      • Glassworks
      • Archeological Collections
      • Architectual Collections
      • Art Gallery Collections
      • Museum Collections
      • Antique Collections

We G.O.T. you covered for all your Art distribution needs