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T.E.D. has created packing and crating solutions for institutions, galleries and all IAS clients for many years, using a variety of materials, and their builders’ imaginations. Too often their true artisan work goes unrecognised – their attention to detail, their clever use of materials, and the way they can always find an imaginative solution to crating is why we remain one of their many loyal customers. With that in mind, it should not come as a surprise to know that many of the staff have a very creative bent, which was put on show recently when the craftsman became the artists and put on their own exhibition.

A brilliant and fun idea, the rules of the competition were simple – make a work of art from left over packing and crating materials. And create they did. Foam, wood, steel, metal – all materials found in their workshops became raw media for their creative vision. Three judges from the industry reviewed the 20 pieces – one of whom was Louise Tegart from S.H. Ervin Gallery, “I was surprised by the standard of the work – especially since it all came from scraps”. The winning entry was created from measuring tapes, while another was ‘engineered’ in metal. It was in fact a heavy metal grill, with two bars bent out of shape, as if depicting escape. As it turned out the piece was created by the use of a forklift deliberately hitting the grill. “It was a bit more lighthearted than most awards” says Louise; who would be more than happy to work as a judge again next year.


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How the Ashes will travel By BRAD CLIFTON 04dec02

(T.E.D) has successfully and safely transported multi-million dollar artworks across the globe so they guarantee they can bring The Ashes urn to Australia in one piece. What's more, they'll provide the necessary equipment for free. T.E.D. Fine Art, is one of the country's premier museum and art handling services. Several years ago, the firm was responsible for sending Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles to New York's Museum of Modern Art for a retrospective exhibition. Yesterday, they described how they would ensure The Ashes would be brought to Australia without a scratch.

"Something that small is frequently carried by a courier," (T.E.D) said. "It would probably be put into custom-moulded foam packaging and it would be highly likely that someone from the MCC would carry it in a case small enough for cabin baggage so he could keep it with him." (T.E.D) said owners of priceless artworks or family heirlooms sometimes bought an airline ticket for them. "That wouldn't be entirely unheard of, but it would have to be something extremely valuable or perhaps irreplaceable, and you would have to expect The Ashes would generate that type of concern," he said.

(T.E.D).. uses museum-standard crates to transport fragile, valuable and old items. The boxes can be fitted with locks and sensors to monitor shock, tip, temperature and humidity in transit. "It's what all the institutions of Australia use to transport their cultural heritage," he said. "We can protect them from all sorts of environmental variations and hazards." But (T.E.D) said the job would be a first for his company. "The only ashes we've ever transported have been human," he said.