How to Quickly and Securely Install a Sculpture Outdoors Without a Concrete Pad

outdoor sculptures

Upward Spiral

Normally I recommend to clients that they bolt their outdoor sculpture to a 4-6″ thick concrete pad with four to eight bolts, depending on the size of the sculpture. The major concerns are high winds and theft. (During the period when the US was selling all its scrap steel to China, one local sculptor had three of his steel sculptures stolen from outside his studio. What a heart breaker. They probably went straight to the scrap yard and then to China.)

Sculpture Workshop 3-16-2012

Sculpture Shop Time Management Tool

Sculpture Shop Time Management Tool

 Sculpture Workshop: Time

Chess Clock – ever wonder how much time you are actually in the shop? Wondering why your projects are taking so long to finish? It is very easy to take a restroom break, grab another cup of coffee, do an email quote, return a phone call – suddenly an hour has gone by. This clock will keep you honest.

Sculpture Installation

large landscape sculptures

Pas de Deux 1
112″h x 30″w x 30″d

Please note: All my sculpture installations are very easy. However, since I am detail-oriented, I describe this procedure in so much detail that it may seem difficult. We are just back from a sculpture installation in the Cleveland area (Newbury, Ohio) of my Pas de Deux sculpture (pictured).¬† There were lots of reasons to go. My pianist & composer cousin Nick lives there and we hadn’t seen him for a while. It can take 8 hours to build a box and pack the sculpture in the box, then $500-$700 to ship it and then you are holding your breath for 2 days hoping the shippers haven’t damaged it in transit. Then you hope the sculpture installation expert knows what he is doing and doesn’t damage it. So it made sense to deliver the sculpture and do the sculpture installation myself.