Last week my family and I flew from Florida to Arizona to de-install Lift, and have ourselves a little family vacation out west. The first half of our travels were dedicated to boxing up and shipping the installation.
This sculpture was the first time I’d shown work this large, and I did it an awfully long way from Gainesville, FL. To say the very least I learned a lot, and in this particular chapter of the whole experience I learned to crate and ship a large piece across the country on a budget.
In February I’d driven Lift all the way to Scottsdale, Arizona on my trailer. It was padded and mounted to some rough frames and tied down tight for the ride.
For this go around I’d decided to fly to Phoenix and have Lift freight shipped back to Florida. After the epic drive in February I looked closely at the costs of transportation and found freight shipping to be in line with, if not cheaper than hauling the piece across the country myself. Because I had not crated or boxed the piece for delivery the first time I would need to build the boxes for the piece in Arizona before I could ship it back home.
Here’s how it went.
That’s my Dad- John Tharp. Dad’s a General Contractor and holds several patents in the hydroelectric energy field, so I was pretty grateful when he said he’d come along and lend a hand building these boxes.
Once all our materials were inside we could get out of the 110 degree heat and get to work in the nice cool air conditioning!! Yes- this was a very important part of the process, and worth mentioning.
We built a wooden “exoskeleton” for each crate. The balloons were placed on big sheets of cardboard and zip-tied down. The cardboard was then layered and everything was sandwiched together with the wooden exoskeleton.
We padded the baskets with more cardboard and plastic wrap and then build a wooden frame around the pallet and sheeted it with cardboard for some level of protection. We had extra space inside the crate and were able to include the hardware from installation, along with all the stainless steel cables and some other scrap materials.