The art of moving AFL star turned artist Gavin Wanganeen's first exhibition
Gavin Wanganeen didn’t need much help during his storied AFL career; a Brownlow Medal with Essendon at 20 years of age, Premiership wins with two clubs and the inaugural captain of Port Adelaide in the AFL stamp him as a legend of the sport.
However when it came to his bold new career as an artist, help was required, and Toll answered the call to bring his first art exhibition to Melbourne as part of 2016 Reconciliation Week, National Sorry Day and the AFL Indigenous Round .
Wanganeen’s ‘Shooting Star’ collection is the first time he has gone public with his art, something that he has gradually taken more seriously since his football career finished, and is inspired by the artist witnessing a shooting star while camping on Wardang Island.
Wanganeen’s history as a favourite son of the Essendon Football Club resulted in a decision by the club to team with the Koori Heritage Trust to help the artist present his first exhibition in Melbourne as part of its ‘Dreamtime at the G’ match. The idea had one significant hurdle though, how to transport the large and fragile pieces of art on next to no budget? The challenge was put toToll about transporting the collection safely and in a timely manner.
“Toll has a commitment to Indigenous engagement through its Reconciliation Action Plan, so when the opportunity came to use our expertise as a gesture of support for the exhibition and the Aboriginal community we were very happy to do so.” said Damain Bishop, Toll Group Director of Business Development.
The fragility and size of the pieces meant that Toll's sensitive freight service was best equipped to make the move possible. The use of tailored packaging and transit on an air-ride truck with carpet rails ensured that the artwork was protected throughout its journey.
Toll's sensitive freight team liaised closely with Wanganeen and the team from Omega Frames to discuss their needs before picking up the artwork at Wanganeen’s Adelaide studio. The pieces were double bubble wrapped and placed in a sensitive freight crate with ply wood in between each piece of artwork. Additional packing material was added for another level of protection, and then the artwork made its way safely to Melbourne.
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