The sculptures ranged from a tiny Harvester Mouse, measuring just 10cm long, 10cm wide, and 10cm high, and weighing three kilograms, to a Leopard, measuring 450cm long, 160cm wide, and 120cm high, and weighing 250 kilograms.
Customers can charter a train, or book Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments on weekly scheduled services to and from over 15 origin stations in China.
"We loaded the sculptures under the watchful eye of the artist himself, Bruce Little, and re-palletised and delicately wrapped them to ensure a safe and secure movement to the gallery,” said Trevor Weeks, Branch Manager, London Heathrow Airport, Tigers.
"Our customers benefit from lower shipping costs by empty container return in Switzerland for westbound services, and Shipper’s Own Container (SOC) for eastbound services, for both FCL and LCL.
"Twenty-nine large sculptures arrived in an ocean freight container at Tigers’ London Heathrow Airport facility, and were cleared as temporary import with a view to possible sale, providing the customer with the most cost-effective solution.
"A further 31 smaller sculptures were moved from an address in the UK, and were delivered together at the Mall Galleries, using a vehicle mounted forklift truck to assist the gallery team with offloading.”
Tigers collected the sculptures from the Mall Galleries after the exhibition had ended, and delivered them to another location in the UK for a private show.
"Hosting an exhibition, the scale of which we have just had in London, is no easy feat particularly when the source of work has come from thousands of kilometres away,” said Bruce Little.
"Fortunately, we have companies like Tigers at our disposal that have assisted seamlessly in delivering our bronzes where and when they are supposed to be.
"Last year they moved a monumental lion for me from Cape Town to Longleat, Wiltshire, UK, which weighed approximately five tonnes and this too went without a hitch.
"I am most grateful for Tigers and their associates that have made it possible for me to exhibit around the world.”
Tigers operates seven offices in the United Kingdom, including London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Felixstowe, Cardiff, Banbury, and Leeds.
Tigers is an USD800 million enterprise solutions company specialising in e-commerce fulfilment, transportation, and supply chain solutions.
Headquartered in Hong-Kong, with offices and facilities throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa, Tigers has over 100 years’ experience of supporting customers in the automotive, healthcare, technology, fashion, wine and perishables, and outdoor and active lifestyle sectors.
eTigers provides the processes and software for full end-to-end e-commerce solutions, that can be used as a full suite, or as parts to be swapped in and out, to work with customers’ existing systems.
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In 2016, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in Hong Kong awarded Tigers the 2015 CILT Award for Outstanding Achievement in Logistics and Transport Management.
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About Bruce Little
For the past 19 years, Bruce has worked on sculpting his subjects by focusing less on strict anatomical correctness, but more on capturing the deeper meaning of the animals he observes.
Bruce says, "it is natural for every artist to grow and evolve in one’s artistic journey,” and as a result he has started sculpting a series of pieces with a contemporary aspect, which he feels portrays the animals in a different light but still encompasses the essence of the animals’ surroundings, spirit and behaviour.
In addition, Bruce has added a human element to his works where he attempts to portray a deep indelible bond that we as humans have with the earth and nature.
Bruce has hosted several international exhibitions since 2003, and has now also opened his own exclusive gallery in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.
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