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PACKAGING YOUR ENTRIES: SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED SUBMISSIONS

So you are gearing up to submitting your final piece. You’ve spent hours slaving away to produce an exceptional piece of art and you’ve made sure your concrete has been properly reinforced. All that’s left to do is package it properly.

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Something important to consider is that no matter how brilliant an entry, if it breaks, cracks, or crumbles, it won’t be considered by the judges. Reinforcing your concrete properly is a vital step, but what is equally important is carefully packaging your piece.

Clearing a Work Space

As we all know, concrete is a heavy material, so before you start the packing process, make sure you have a clear and clean space in which to work. This is an especially useful tip if your entry is made up of multiple pieces. Imagine sending off your submission only to realise you left some of it behind! Ideally, work on a soft surface, such as piled-up newspaper, carpet or an old blanket.

Buy New Packing Material

We advise that you buy new packing materials that are going to do the job properly. For lighter pieces, a cardboard box will suffice.

How to Wrap Your Artwork

Remember: bubble wrap is best. Firstly, if your piece can be dismantled into multiple parts, we strongly suggest you take your piece apart and wrap each part individually. If your piece has protruding points, or areas of extreme fragility, start on those areas and secure the bubble wrap with packaging tape. Make sure the bubble wrap is firmly attached to your piece. You should not be able to feel the piece through the bubble wrap. Once the fragile and protruding points are wrapped, start to carefully wrap the rest of the whole sculpture. You should not be able to feel the sculpture through the bubble wrap. Now set it to one side.

Choosing the Right Box

Are you unsure of which box to buy? Luckily, cardboard boxes are often stamped with safety ratings that indicate what weight they can safely withstand. Weigh and measure your bubble wrapped piece and then purchase the correct box. Before placing your piece in the box, line the bottom with about 5-6cm of packing peanuts or shredded paper. Now place your piece in the centre of the box and fill in all the gaps with packing peanuts/shredded paper.

For the Ultra Cautious

You’ve packaged your piece but feel it needs a little extra protection. Buy a second box that is about 6 cm larger than your original box on all sides. Now just repeat the same process: fill the bottom with about 5-6cm of the filler of your choice, place your smaller box in the centre and fill in the gaps on all sides and top with filler. What if your sculpture is too big for a cardboard box? Have no fear – we’ve got you covered in the next instalment of our series on packaging your entries.

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