Each year I am commissioned by art galleries who need items built as part of an exhibition within ART Basel on Miami Beach. The things requested could be anything that is too big or bulky to take with them on the airplane from whatever city they are based. These are not intended to be temporary items but ‘museum quality’ and will accompany the ‘art’ when sold. If the objects are not sold the pedestals etc are discarded at the close of the exhibit by the individual gallery.
Aside from these support items I have also been asked to build desks and tables with locking drawers for the curators. Many of the galleries choose this approach because of the high costs involved with moving and insuring high dollar items and they don’t need the extra burden. For some galleries who wish to show only very small items for ART Basel there would be no freight charges to deal with at all when the use a local artisan.