Smash Design, the Popular Houston Art Studio behind some of the city’s most recognizable art pieces has been destroyed by fire. The devastating blaze is suspected to have been ignited by a recently added LED light panel, destroying everything of value including several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of pneumatic tools and supplies. Also destroyed in the blaze were some commissioned works already sold to other businesses.
The family-owned art studio has conceived and built sculptures for popular brand displays for
James Harden and Adidas, as well as sets for comedian Gabriel Iglesias. Their impressive sculptures also adorn places like the Toro entrance at the Houston Texan’s fan shop.
Artist Steven Ramirez, the creative force behind the shop has said that due to his type of business, the art shop was never covered by insurance. This is a great loss for an artist whose heart and soul goes into the work they develop which is why the first thing we do at Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc. (ArtInsuranceNow.com) is to educate artists on the pitfalls of insurance and how to avoid them. In this case, it appears that the issue was not the type of business that caused the coverage exclusion, it was the type of insurance policy. Our standalone artist’s policy covers the studio, tools, and of course the art whether in the studio, during transit, and art exhibitions.
Many artists surveyed do not have the proper insurance or coverage for their situation, the numbers are quite alarming. The goal is to educate and provide the resources that working artists require to mitigate the unique risks their businesses face.
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