Four Steps to Design the Right Pedestal for Your Sculpture

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These four simple steps will help you decide on the critical design components to help create your ideal sculpture display stand.

Step 1: Shape <-- click for tutorial

Step 2: Material <-- click for tutorial

Step 3: Size <-- click for tutorial

Step 4: Lighting

When it comes to lighting, it’s crucial to know where you plan to display the sculpture. Indoor vs. outdoor, ceiling height, the direction the windows face, etc. all have their unique implications. Lighting can also have a huge effect on the mood and feel of a piece. For example, one of Wendy’s customers was sure she wanted lower corner lighting on her Madonna statue, but when she tested it out, she realized it gave the piece an ominous feel. In contrast, the ambient lighting tends to have a warming, comforting effect.

We offer a variety of lighting and accessory options, and it can be overwhelming to choose. To help with analysis paralysis, one of Wendy’s pro tips is to use a flashlight to experiment with different directional light at different times of day to see which one you like best.

Notes on Design

Ask any museum curator or gallery owner and they’ll tell you that how you display a work of art is absolutely crucial—it’s directly related to a viewer’s overall appreciation of the piece. Oftentimes the difference between a few inches to the left or a laminate vs. acrylic finish on the display structure can make the difference between a perfect and a second-rate presentation.

At Pedestal Source, we ask our customers four questions to help them design the ideal sculpture display stand, and we’ve found that those who thoughtfully think through these steps are the happiest with the final product. While there are endless custom options, these are the four basic design components that need to be accounted for.

We’re always happy to walk our customers through this process over the phone, but some of these decisions will come down to preference. The most important thing is that you take the time to “do your homework”—take the time to consider the options available to you. After all, you went through all the work of purchasing the piece and bringing it home—it’s important the display does it justice.

Call now to chat through your design ideas! 800-333-9953

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