A couple of weeks ago I shared with you news of a large sculpture sale, along with posts on how we prepared the sculpture for shipment and the shipping process. After a couple of weeks in transit, the sculptures have arrived and the client was kind enough to send us photos!
Unfortunately the delivery didn’t go quite as smoothly as we would have liked. The truck drivers at that end weren’t nearly as professional as the ones who picked up the sculpture. First, they showed up almost an hour ahead of schedule and threatened to leave if our client didn’t show up within 10 minutes. I had to coax and cajole them over the phone not to leave.
Then, when they were unloading the larger of the two sculptures, they caught the sculpture on the deck of the truck when lowering it on the liftgate. The client described what happened next in an email to me:
The story with the movers actually got much worse as they dropped the sculpture off the back of the truck and it (along with the dolly) landed on top of one of the movers and pinned his leg against the asphalt driveway! Luckily, even though I found a few loose flakes of bronze, the sculpture seems completely intact and I can’t find any damage or where the bronze flakes came from. So I accepted them.
Mortifying! Fortunately the deliveryman wasn’t injured, just a bit shaken up. I suppose all’s well that ends well, but I obviously wish that things had gone more smoothly on the delivery end (believe me, I’m tempted to buy a truck and drive sales across the country myself to guarantee that I have control of the whole process . . . ) I apologized for the hubbub in my reply, but the client let me know how happy he and his wife were with the pieces:
They look amazing and we really really like them. They are so happy and full of positive energy. I will send you some pictures in a follow up email. Please share them with the artist and please express our gratitude!!
Here are the photos!