NINE dot ARTS, a Denver-based design and art consultancy firm, approached Allison & Ross with an extensive project: install nine floors of artworks and historical artifacts in three days in a newly constructed apartment complex in South Lake Union. The timeline was tight and the job was massive, but Allison & Ross Project Managers ensured the job was completed on time and to the highest aesthetic standards.

Juxt Apartments South Lake Union installation by Allison and Ross

The most challenging portion of the job was the Artifact Wall—a feature wall in the main lobby of the building with custom-sized niches for historical artifacts found on the JUXT site during construction. Allison & Ross mountmakers designed custom wall mounts for these artifacts—which ranged from historic tools and propeller blades to a 10-foot-long rope and pulley—ensuring that each mount was inconspicuous yet secure.

Allison & Ross Project Managers also carried out the installation of a large collection of 2-D artworks throughout the building. We worked with the art distributor and the framers to coordinate on-time delivery of the artworks to JUXT, and inspected each artwork beforehand to ensure that each was outfitted with the proper security hanging hardware. For this job, we worked closely with art consultants at Nine dot and the construction team on JUXT to design a specialized display solution for the artworks that integrated seamlessly with the building’s aesthetic.

Juxt Apartments South Lake Union installation by Allison and Ross

Juxt Apartments South Lake Union installation by Allison and Ross

Technical lead Dave Proscia brings his background in theater lighting and set design to his work as an art handler at Allison & Ross. He has experience in all aspects of art installation and transportation, including crating and shipping, rigging and overheight work, and sculpture maintenance. Dave also has experience in designing and building display solutions for art in a variety of mediums. “One of my favorite parts of being an art handler,” Dave notes, “is bringing the qualities inherent in a piece of art together with those of a great display solution, so the enjoyment can be fully realized.” Dave is currently working on opening a non-profit art performance space in Georgetown dedicated to providing affordable rehearsal space for artistic collaboration and experimentation.