“You ask me what I learned from this experience, and I’ve got to tell you, what I learned is that you’ve got to ask questions.” Devin M. is a tall, imposing man, covered with tattoos. He’s also an up and coming fine artist. “I asked this discount chain shipping store if they could ship paintings, and they said, sure, they could do it. So I drove all the way down there and brought in the picture, only to have them say ‘There’s no way we can ship that!”
Devon’s paintings are on the large side. “This particular canvas was 48 by 72,” he said. “I understand that it’s a large painting. But I don’t think it’s that large…”
Artwork, sculptures, and installation pieces are often large or awkwardly sized. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ship these items. It does, however, mean you need to work with a shipping service who understands the best way to ship artwork. Every freight carrier has specific size and packaging requirements. Working with them while taking extra steps to protect your artwork’s security is the mark of a top shipping professional.
Custom crating involves custom built wooden crates sized to contain your artwork and the optimal amount of packing materials. This type of service is generally not available at chain shipping stores, yet it is essential for the safe shipping of artwork.
Tracking and insurance services allow you to keep an eye on your artwork while it is in transit to the museum, gallery, or your customer. Delivery times are coordinated to ensure that someone is always responsible for your art: there is no time your artwork will be left unattended or otherwise unsecured while it is our responsibility. At Boston Pack and Ship, we know how passionate our customers are about their art!