On the day of installation, we arrived on-site with six art technicians and Ben leading the team.
“We travelled on two smaller vehicles so we could park close to the location of work. After all, castles are notoriously difficult to access, for obvious reasons. And we were very glad of the modern addition of a passenger lift!” – Ben Sparkes
The team first began the process by de-installing the two portraits to be temporarily stored, face in, against the walls of the room they were originally hung. They then attached an additional pair of plate hooks to the back of each frame so that they could use them to lift the artworks into place on the grand staircase.
Before the installation could happen, the team needed to measure up the wall on the staircase and leave tape markers where the artwork could be displayed. These decisions are often informed by architectural features in the building and the proportions of the artwork. Once the final placement of the paintings had been discussed with the Arundel staff and we received the go-ahead, the team could then calculate where all the hardware needed to be fixed to the wall.