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Maestro Pedestals has a wealth of experience in creating pedestals specific to the art and the venue. Here are some tips for you. 

 1) For pedestal height, one rule of thumb is to match the eye-level of a figurative piece with the eye-level of the viewer. So this brings up the question: “Will the viewer be seated or standing up?” And perhaps, “What is the average height of the viewer?” And, like most rules, there are times to break this rule to achieve an effect. 

2) For pedestal surface dimension, it is a good rule of thumb to split the difference between the width of the base and the widest point on the sculpture itself. 

3) For materials,  knowing the space the art will inhabit is as important as knowing the piece of art. When we see the surroundings of the art, it tells us the kind of pedestal to suggest, the environment may call for wood or metal or round or square or modern or classic. 

We are happy to work with galleries and designers to come up with the best solutions.

Yes, we do.   The pedestal is a natural part of that sale.  Art effectively displayed, is more likely to inspire repeat purchases.  And sculpture displayed on a quality pedestal that a collector would envision in their own home is more likely to be requested to be added on to the purchase. When possible, we suggest having a motorized and lit pedestal in the viewing room to draw the client to spend more time with the art, leading to more sales. 

In a viewing room, different lighting configurations can be used. As collectors experience the varying effects, they develop a relationship with the piece. They are more confident investing in the art as well as the pedestal that elevates it. As sculpture and pedestal go hand-in-hand, the add-on can easily be assumed. 

Here is a tip. Our single biggest individual seller of pedestals is known at Maestro Pedestals for saying not “Would you like a pedestal with your art?“ but, rather, “What height (color, etc….) would you like your pedestal to be?”  The gallery was happy, the collectors were happy and the art was happy being displayed in its best light.

In addition to innovations in pedestal features, collectors are looking for a quality of pedestal that complements the quality of the art. 

The pedestal should neither outshine the art, nor detract from it. The pedestal is the supporting actor, not the lead. It is responsive, not just to the art, but to the walls, the floor, the views from the windows, the ceiling, the furniture — which all speak to the tastes and values of the collector. 

The pedestal weds the sculpture to its surroundings — harmonizing, while accentuating.  That is the art of the pedestal, and that is what satisfies the eye.

Not only have materials changed, but the designs and capabilities of the pedestals have changed, driven by consumer desires.

For example, the rise in acrylic and glass sculptures led to advances in both lighting and motors. Fluorescent lighting largely gave way to the intensity and focus of halogen, which is now surrendering to the efficiency and versatility of LED.

Early on, because off-the-shelf motors were shaft driven, if a client wanted a lit and motorized pedestal,  that would necessitate a 6” high light box circling on top of the pedestal. The off-the-shelf motors were loud, jerky, and single directional. That inspired us at Maestro Pedestals to work with local machinist Stephan Strebl to develop a smoother, quieter, more versatile, belt-driven motor. This belt-driven motor housing with a spacious hole in the middle, along with an additional bearing,  allows light mounted within the pedestal to shine up through a motorized top as thin as ½” that can be hand-rotated independent of the motor. 

Another innovation we developed with our machinist is our custom designed pedestal-mounted overhead lighting. Opaque sculpture is often lit from lighting mounted on the ceiling, but what if there are 20’ ceilings, or the art is being displayed in a rental home on condominium prohibiting new light installation, or the collector wants the option of moving the art around in the space?  Our attached, adjustable overhead light, resolves this issue.

Client requests also drove our move in metal and rusted metal pedestals, as well as faux finishes to match the stone in a clients home. 

The prices listed in the store are the base for each model. The permutations of pedestal designs, sizes, finishes, and features are limitless. We will work with you to design your optimal display. 

The pedestal should neither outshine the art, nor detract from it.

The pedestal weds the sculpture to its surroundings — harmonizing, while accentuating.  That is the art of the pedestal, and that is what satisfies the eye.

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