Installation Guide

Andrew McKeown’s takes no responsibility for installation of our products unless we are requested to install them ourselves. Installation is at your own risk & responsibility.

This is general advice on how to secure Andrew McKeown’s in place. This is not specific instructions on how to install pieces. Andrew McKeown’s accepts no liability for any accident or event involving our sculptures once they leave our premises. It is recommended that competent professional persons install Andrew McKeown’s and you seek professional guidance from a Structural Engineer to design an installation specification and method statement to suit your location, site layout, ground conditions and proposed use, where this is required.

Most of Andrew McKeown’s are installed into soft landscaping such as grass, soil, gravel or bark. For these materials the following sequence could be used:

A minimum of two fit and competent persons are required to install all Andrew McKeown’s.

1. Safely transport sculptures to proposed location. Wear PPE (gloves, safety boots and safety goggles). Heavy items over 25Kg should be lifted by more than one person or by mechanical lift.

2. Position sculptures on ground to desired position. Heavier sculptures may need a 2nd or 3rd person to hold sculptures in position. Mark position of sculpture or legs of sculpture on ground with spade or marker spray.

3. Remove sculpture to a safe place and rest on clean sheet, sponge or tarpaulin.

4. Dig a hole in ground appropriate to the sculpture to be installed.

5) – Follow the steps for each type of sculpture listed below, or follow advice of your structural engineer.

5a) For Andrew McKeown’s smaller sculptures it is advised not to exceed the footprint of the sculptures and to dig a square hole for the whole piece to cover or two or more separate holes for the wider sculptures, to a minimum depth of 300mm.

5b) For sculptures in Public Spaces: It is recommended that all Andrew McKeown’s are set into wet concrete using the fixings provided, these are then used to set the sculptures into wet concrete footings in the ground on installation for a permanent fix. Alternatively they can be set into pre-cast concrete foundations with resin anchors set into corresponding holes drilled or cast into the dry concrete base. It is advised to consult a structural engineer and to abide by Health and Safety Regulations when installing sculptures in public places.  

Steel base plate systems can be added to most of Andrew McKeown’s sculptures at an additional cost. Please call or email Andrew for a up to date cost and to discuss your requirements.

The giant cast iron ammonite sculpture comes with hidden fixing to screw into the underside so that it can be set into concrete. This piece is heavy at 180Kg so it is advised to install this piece using a mechanical lift. Do not touch or use the sculpture for minimum 7 days to allow the concrete to cure.

In Private Gardens:  Andrew McKeown’s heavier sculptures are often placed loose into the ground surface. Please do not install the sculptures loose if the sculptures are to interacted with or played upon by children or adults, fix into ground with concrete as above.  The above sculptures can also be set into grass, gravel, tarmac or concrete and bedded into concrete or sharp sand/dolomite.

Wall Mounting – Some of Andrew McKeown’s sculptures can be wall mounted using the M10 threaded steel bars fixed into the back of the sculptures. Create a paper or card template with the position of the holes/bars, transfer to the wall and mark wall. Corresponding holes can be drilled into the wall and the sculptures can be permanently fixed with resin anchor.