Emma Stothard and Barnes & Woodhouse
Here at Barnes and Woodhouse, we’re used to creating all kinds of shipping crates for a number of different projects – however of late we have been lucky enough to work with UK artists whose creations have been sought-after around the world.
After spending months creating the two mares and two foals, it was vitally important that Emma’s beautiful designs made it to their destination in Singapore safely. The aluminium pair were galvanised before shipping to prevent future rusting, while the willow was heat treated to ISPM15 standards before sculpting and finished with Linseed oil and Turps. ISPM15 is an important standard as it ensures that no insects or diseases are brought into a new country, and all our packing crates are made to this standard – so it just made sense that the horse should too.
The actual design of the crate was made to the specification that custom officials would be able to see inside, so they were made as open-boarded crates and packed tightly in their pairs. The crates were made so that both would fit perfectly side by side in the shipping container, eliminating the risk of jostling and damage to the artwork, and were filled with desiccant to absorb moisture and protect the pieces. We made things as easy as possible for Emma by supervising the willow treatment, collecting the sculptures directly from her studio and providing her with plenty of photos of the crating process.
After five weeks of travelling, the mares and foals arrived safely at their destination at the Singapore Gardens by the Bay, where they currently reside with a number of other horse sculptures from around the world in the Floral Dome.