Whether you’re a gallerist, museum curator, interior designer, or art collector,
If you hang pictures at eye level and want to streamline your picture-hanging system,
As you’ll see in the video below, my eye-level picture-hanging tools enable you to hang pictures in a fraction of the time of traditional picture-hanging methods.
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of curating an art exhibit or acquiring new artwork.
But pictures don’t hang themselves,
And hanging pictures at eye level can be tedious.
You know the picture-hanging formula and optimal height for picture hanging,
Your picture-hanging system is dialed in –
But with each picture a specific size,
And every hanger at a different height,
You’ve got your work cut out!
– And Art is Supposed to be Good for the Soul
This diagram illustrates the universal picture hanging formula exhibit technicians use to find the picture hanger height when hanging art centered at eye level.
Written as Z=W+(x/2-y), the equation is solved with the following steps:
When I was on the visual arts committee for our local arts council in the early ’80s, we hung exhibits with pictures centered at eye level using the picture-hanging formula.
My frustration with the time required to hang each show inspired me to find a more efficient method.
It’s not that I was lazy or couldn’t do the math.
But I had little patience with the steps and time required to calculate the picture hanger height for each artwork.
Even today, with apps at our fingertips, it’s a time-consuming task.
Not to mention those pesky fractions!
I knew there had to be a more efficient way.
Being hardwired to find solutions for vexing problems, I’ve invented countless ways to make my job easier in my 40 years as a professional sculptor.
So, I set out to develop a tool that solved the picture-hanging formula without using math.
As I lay awake in the early morning hours, I worked out the prototype for my first eye-level picture-hanging tool.
After the proverbial Aha moment and a hasty breakfast, I made my first eye-level picture-hanging tool.
The visual arts committee received it with delight,
And hanging the next show was a breeze.
Needless to say, my trusty Eye Level Gallery Pole has been in use ever since.
The video below demonstrates just how quickly you can determine the picture-hanger height.
A quick internet search reveals many picture-hanging hacks and an equal number of picture-hanging tools and tips to make hanging pictures on walls easier.
One gallery owner created an online painting height calculator to make it easier to solve the picture hanging formula. And, if you’re new to picture hanging, his blog has an excellent picture hanging guide covering all aspects of how to hang pictures on walls.
But, I’ve yet to find a gallery hanging system that eliminates the need for a tape measure and calculator when centering pictures at an eye-level picture hanging height.
I’ll be the first to say I feel remiss for not sharing the Gallery Pole with the art world 40 years ago.
I took steps to do so, with a provisional patent and an honorable mention in the Arctic Innovation Competition, but my art career took priority.
To my surprise, as I lay awake practicing my presentation for the competition, a rogue idea popped into my head about how I could accomplish the same thing with a pocket-sized tool.
Though I left that out of my presentation, I’m excited to finally have a way to share both of these tools with you and the art world at large.
Both the Gallery Pole and a newer pocket tool are based on simple mechanical concepts. They’ve been refined over many iterations to make them easy to assemble using simple tools and readily available supplies. These innovative devices are streamlined, ‘Dang! Why didn’t I think of that?’ ideas.
The Gallery Pole bypasses the gallery math altogether. Instead, it measures the picture frame while centering the measurement around the calibrated eye-level height.
Then, when you position the hanger height marker, it is directly related to the established eye level and ready to transfer to the wall.
Or, if you’re batch-processing art prior to installing an exhibition, you can note the picture-hanger height on the back of each picture, ready for the exhibit installation technicians.
The Pocket Gallery Assistant works a little differently. It uses a hands-on approach to determine the hanger height by solving the picture-hanging formula without using numbers.
This video demonstrates the Gallery Pole in use, with the picture lying flat on a padded surface. It works equally well with the picture rotated and leaning against a wall or work stand or held by an assistant.
Whether you hang artwork alone or with a team, my picture hanging tools will streamline your system of hanging pictures, freeing more time for other tasks.
Their concept is simple, solving the picture-hanging formula quickly without math.
They enable you to determine and mark the picture hanger height on the wall in seconds.
But first, a disclaimer:
They’re not in commercial production,
However, I’ve refined their design, so both are surprisingly quick and easy to assemble using scissors, readily available supplies, and a tape measure (maybe the last time you’ll need one for hanging pictures : )
I’ll show you exactly how to make and use them in my concise online workshop.
Don’t let their simple concept and ease of construction mislead you. They are truly elegant tools.
And you may be thinking, why do I need something new? I have an efficient system in place. But, with a small investment of time, you’ll be able to assess whether these tools will be useful for you.
And with the 14-day money-back guarantee, you can do so knowing you have nothing to lose.
Get instant access and learn to make and use these innovative tools.
One lucky winner (maybe you?) will receive the following:
1. $200 of store credit from STAS Picture Hanging Systems, a trusted online supplier of professional hardware for hanging pictures. ($200 value)
2. A ready-made Eye Level Gallery Pole picture-hanging tool ($200 value)
3. A ready-made Pocket Gallery Assistant picture-hanging tool ($100 value)
4. A One-year American Art Collector subscription ($55 Value)
5. And a full tuition refund for the Eye Level Picture Hanging Tools Workshop ($47 value)
It’s easy to enter.
If you’re wondering what the best tools for hanging pictures are, it depends on the task at hand.
But, if you hang pictures centered at the typical gallery or museum hanging height, then my eye-level picture-hanging tools may become the most valuable picture hanging solutions in your toolkit for speeding up your gallery hanging system.
PS. : ) As an artist and gallery owner, I have to add that if you’re looking for original metal wall art or sculpture, be sure to take a look at my online gallery and commissions page or visit us at The Dean Gallery here in Homer, Alaska.
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