Fine Art Installations
At Hirsch, installation is more than simply the hanging of an artwork. It’s about addressing an aesthetic need without compromising safety.
We begin our process by formulating an installation plan that takes into consideration all aspects of a space: its purpose, dimensions, and architectural elements.
For public or commercial spaces, our goal is to address any safety concerns without detracting from the viewing experience. For private residence installations, we work closely with collectors to help them realize their vision.
Regardless of the scenario, we strive to create a harmonious ambiance through the thoughtful placement of artwork, whether it be a framed piece, a sculpture, or a multimedia electronic artwork. Decades of installation experience means we are able to do so effortlessly.
The framing and mounting of artworks can only be fully impactful if one takes into account the intended surroundings- the room where the work is to be hung. On one hand, it is important that the artwork not dominate the living space, but on the other hand it should not be devalued by being treated purely decoratively as just a pattern shape or color accent. A proper installation will take into consideration frame proportions, room size, wall surface, nearby windows, and the placement furniture.
Consider the size of the room. On the whole, is challenging to hang large works in small rooms with low ceilings, as it is to hang small works in large rooms with high ceilings. When hanging the large works in a small room, it is important to avoid grouping the works together. Conversely, in the larger room, small works should be hung close together, a method known as the salon style, or above pieces of furniture.
Artwork must take its place as part of an overall scheme in which other considerations, such as comfort, play a part in the arrangement of the room. An important precept of interior design is that artwork works with furniture, not against it, to create an effect of harmony. In most cases, pairing artwork with the correct furniture in order to create visual balance is essential. For instance, a heavy oil painting or bold graphic poster hung over a delicate wicker table would overpower the table. A more substantial piece of furniture, such as a chest or a console would be better suited for the work because it would act as a visual anchor. A large artwork or a group of smaller artworks hung over a double bed that lacks a headboard can dramatically alter its appearance. A corner seating arrangement with a picture on either corner can draw the eye to the area.
Lighting is another aspect that should be taken in consideration. In order for lighting to be effective, it must emphasize elements of the artwork. The source and nature of lighting depends on the type of artworks being displayed. For example, a glazed piece hung opposite a window will reflect glare, thus losing much of its detail, whereas placing an unglazed work in the same spot will likely cause the piece to fade over time.
The rule-of-thumb is to always hang artwork at eye level. This, however, is not constant and varies according to the layout and function of the room. A group of pictures hung in a hallway will have a different level of focus than if they were to be hung in a living room opposite a sofa or over a table. It is important to consider how the particular room is used before determining how high to hang the artwork.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE INSTALLATION OF Takahiro Iwasaki MODELS
Iwasaki's Reflection Model series focuses on seven of Japan's most sacred buildings. We needed to suspend the models in mid-air to pay homage to the original buildings which were built on water to achieve the same visual effect.
Gego’s Horizontal Square Reticularia Installation at Private collector’s residence
Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmid’s geometric sculpture needed to be installed to preserve the shadows as intended by Gego. The wires are in constant movement which means the shadows are always changing.