Riverside, CA - You just never know what Navis will pack next. Last week the city of Riverside, Calif. turned to its local Navis Pack & Ship to engineer and build a custom crate for a 600-pound fiberglass orange. The city was shipping the sculpture to Sendai, Japan, in honor of their 50th Sister City anniversary.
The sculpture is similar in size and dimensions to other giant oranges that have decorated Riverside; but its porcelain, mosaic tiled surface, which portrays local landmarks and the area's citrus-growing heritage, is unique.
So, too, is the 5 x 5 x 6-foot crate that Navis franchise operators Winton and Leslie Mattison donated to the city. Inside, a custom bracing system immobilized and cushioned the sculpture for the 5,000-mile journey without marring its delicate surface. All wood components were heat-treated to meet stringent international import regulations. Navis Pack & Ship is the city's preferred vendor for all custom packaging and crating work.
The Navis team partially assembled the crate at their warehouse, then moved it to an upstairs gallery at the Riverside Art Museum where the orange was on display. The night before a September 18th send-off ceremony, Navis packed the sculpture in the crate. It took a crew of nine people to move it down a staircase. The total weight, including the crate, was close to 1,000 pounds.
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