Don't Let Your Statue End Up Like The Venus De Milo: Tips For Safely Packing Statues

Posted on: 23 June 2015

Moving a statue is not an easy feat. In fact, it seems likely that artists don't consider who their statues will be shipped to when they make them. That being said, if you have a priceless or just a favorite statue, you will need to do more than throw it in a box and chuck that in your moving truck. If you don't properly pack your sculpture, you may open your box at your new home to find enough statue shards to keep an archeologist busy for weeks on end. The following tips will help you to get your statue to your new home safely. 

Disassemble as Much as Possible

If your statue breaks down to smaller pieces, break it down and ship each piece independently. Not only will this make the statue easier to manage, but it will help to avoid damage to the joints in the statue. 

Be Careful with Bubble Wrap

It is a good idea to start your packing process by wrapping your statue in bubble wrap, but if you wrap too tightly, you can collapse the voids in the plastic or put enough pressure on delicate parts of your statue to cause breakage. Thus, be gentle as you wrap your statue in several layers of bubble wrap.

Brace as Needed

If your statue has extended limbs, or any component that could easily break, you should brace them. Use styrofoam and cut it to size. Make sure your brace extends to the bottom or side of the box you will use. You may want to tape it your statue to make sure it doesn't shift in transit.

Apply Packing Peanuts

You will want plenty of packing peanuts beneath your statue. Simply setting the statue against the bottom of the box can leave the base vulnerable to damage. Remember that the peanuts at the bottom of the box are more likely to collapse under the weight of the box than other peanuts, so apply a thicker layer of peanuts for heavier statues. Make sure your box is big enough so that your statue will be protected by at least a couple inches of peanuts on all sides. 

Double Box

For an extra layer of protection, get a box that is at least three inches bigger on all sides than your first box. Fill the bottom with packing peanuts then place your first box inside and fill up the voids with peanuts. 

Packing a statue can be an involved process. While you should be able to handle it on your own, you may choose instead to hire a moving company to ship the statue for you. In which case, make sure a packing service has experience with shipping statues before you hire them. 

If you need more advice on packing certain items or are interested in learning more about moving services, contact a company like Bekins Van Lines Inc.