International Removal Company – Newcastle to Norway
This month sees an important 1500 mile journey from Newcastle to Oslow to reunite world renowned artist, Nico Widerberg with his artwork and sculptures. A selection of granite sculptures and paintings which have been on display at Northumbria University, The Ellison Building, DTZ and Jesmond Dene House will be returned to Oslow following a 10-year installation in the region.
One of the most recognised sculptures around Northumbria University campus is Widerberg’s Pillar Man, commissioned in 2004 to mark the reopening of the University of Northumbria Gallery. The sculpture forms part of a series of sculptures showing the locations of the hidden rivers beneath the city; luckily, the 6.5 metre high bronze sculpture is staying in the region for the foreseeable future.
Widerberg’s iconic granite sculptures have been a feature around Newcastle for almost 10 years and local firm, Quicksilver Moving and Storage based in Throckley have the unenviable task of relocating the valuable artworks back to their original artist. The removal company in Newcastle created an extensive and detailed move plan which has taken months in the planning has been created to ensure the artwork has a smooth move back to its home in Oslow.
Joanne Ball, Commercial Business Manager explained, “This is a huge project for Quicksilver and even though the team have moved art and heavy artefacts in the past, this job is particularly complex due to border controls and international customs clearance.
The team have been working closely with the artist to deliver his precious paintings and sculptures in a specific timeframe so Quicksilver are ensuring every detail of the move is on schedule and delivered safely”
As a national firm of removers, Quicksilver have recently regained a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Transport Management to allow them to provide an end to end service for clients to relocate and move items from the UK across Europe and beyond. Quicksilver previously held this accreditation with the former Transport Manager, Derek Jenkins until he sadly passed away. With their newly acquired accreditation and with over 30 years’ experience in removals and storage, moving such valuable items is second nature for the Quicksilver team and the new license will help expand the business even further afield.
Following an initial exhibition at Kings Place Gallery in London, more of Widerberg’s collection was moved to Northumbria University from Norway to showcase his sculptures and artworks to a wider audience. Nico Widerberg is known worldwide for his still and monolithic sculptures which unite traditions from pre-classical Greek to the presence of Giacometti. The artwork has been highly regarded and received a warm welcome in the region upon their arrival; and now with their return to Oslow, we look forward to the new artwork that will replace this long term installation.
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