Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

    —Pablo Picasso

Moving irreplaceable objects demands exceptional skills and experience. Findlay International moves, stores and protects an endless variety of precious and priceless artifacts including paintings, drawings, sculptures, antiques, musical instruments, historic documents, and vintage collectables for clients all over the world.

The fragility of art has never been a secret, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that art packing and transport got serious, as museums began applying standards developed by the military and the electronics industry to packaging treasures.

Findlay combines our Six Sigma approach to zero defect service, research studies, and real world experience in our continuous process of improvement in order to ensure the best of all possible circumstances.

Every day that these precious items become more valuable also represents another day they are subjected to visible and invisible damage (moisture, sunlight, mold, insects, etc.). In addition: The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) counts ten “agents of deterioration” that threaten art, many of them transportation-related. These include “direct physical forces,” such as shock sustained by a dropped crate or vibration from a truck with bad suspension; “incorrect temperature,” as might endanger a crated work waiting out a snowstorm on the tarmac; “incorrect humidity,” from, say, a poorly planned transfer from the parched Southwest to the sultry Southeast; as well as “pest issues,” “water” and “thieves, vandals and displacers.”

The goal is managing risks and mitigating those hazards. As an art handler, Findlay reviews and studies the available information about any specific piece of art we are going to handle beforehand; and then takes the necessary precautions and preparations accordingly.

Services include:

  • Complete domestic and international fine arts shipping services
  • Climate controlled, team operated, dedicated truck and shuttle route transportation
  • Museum quality crating and fine art object preparatory services
  • Installation, de-installation & art handling services
  • Modern temperature controlled storage facilities