Artwork hanging methods not recommended:
Wires. Unfortunately the most common but also the worst due to variability, angle, and injury.
- Variability: Every wire is at a different height and its catenary (a wire or rope natural curve) depends on how much extra or slack there is. For large or heavy artwork we use 2 hanging wires and hooks, and wired pieces are very difficult to get level. We generally hang art centered at 60″ from the floor, wired artwork variability makes this difficult.
- Angle: each artwork hangs at a slight angle. The bottom edge will always rest on the wall and angle out towards the top. Due to geometry (a right triangle) the lower the hooks engage the wire on the artwork, the greater this angle becomes. We have hung artwork where the wire was almost at the halfway point and its angle off the wall was so great “corrective surgery” was required.
- Injury: we’ve been stabbed by fraying wire ends. Ouch.
Sawtooth hanger bars. These are just too small, weak, and difficult to find the center V. “Wall Buddies” are a version with essentially inverted sawtooth steps with one bracket mounted in each corner – these are very difficult to hang as the sawtooth steps are smaller than the hook thickness, and there are about 30 – 50 sawtooth steps per bracket.
Keyhole brackets. These are too shallow, the hooks cannot engage.
Bare screws. We cannot hang artwork with just screwheads sticking out. Take them out and put in D-rings.
Nothing. We have had artists deliver artwork with no hanging method. ???