Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 at a Glance
Art Basel Hong Kong is one of the leading art fairs in Asia, which attracts a rich mix of international galleries, collectors, curators and museum director, featuring the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works. The show takes place from May 15 to 18, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. With the good faith in BALtrans capabilities and expertise, some galleries and artists awarded BALtrans challenging projects to handle.
Neugerriemschneider presents Ai W ei W ei’s famous foreverbicycle installation in Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. They call a team of 6 BALtrans art handlers to take care of the bicycle display’s assembly and installation. After the unpacking of 42 sets of bike framesand wheels from the boxes, the team attaches the wheel on to the forks, tightening the bolts by a wrench to ensure that the bolts are securely snug and spin the wheel to make sure it spins freely. The team assembles parts of the frame to extend upward and outward to connect to other wheels and other frames. The bike pile stacks 450cm in length and 275cm in height creating a three-dimensional structure of bike.
BALtrans art handler hangs bells on the root of a 3.5m tall steel scaffolding, filled bamboo on guardrail post and surrounded the steel scaffolding withembroidery to create the illusion of a labyrinth-like space in a three-dimensional area.
Hanart Gallery presents two of Gu W end a’s hand carved stone steles engraved with Chinese characters that convey the knowledge, wisdom and history of China. This stone is called ink jade king (墨玉王) which is fine and smooth and hard, and is much denser than most of the stones. Believing all possible damage is preventable, our fine art team are experienced in handling all fragile and heavy objects. Fine art handlers wrapped the heavy stone with Polystyrene foam. This protective layer can avoid direct contact with the lifting machine to ensure no harm or damage made on such precious stone during positioning. Anti-shock layers are inserted to separate the artwork from the ground. Each stone stele measuring 117cm x 97cm and weighing in 1.3 tonnes poses hurdle to lift and install in the booth. Forklift operators have to lift the heavy stone in a gentle, skillful and dedicated way and adjust slightly and swiftly in each fine-tuning.
BALtrans art handlers help Le hman Mau pin to showcase Tra cey Em in’s theme in the form of installing a neon blue light work which displays a statement; “I followed you to the sun”.