Monday, May 11, 2009

Installation Week Four

Installation Week Four: Watching a Ballet of Hydraulics, Levers, and Muscles

We had the privilege this past week to watch a crew of seasoned movers manage some large, heavy, and extremely bulky objects from off-site storage several miles away to the exhibition floor. At the museum end of the move, they were hampered by direct access to the gallery. Despite a loading dock being part of our exhibit, useful devices like a fork-lift could go no further than the doorway. This is where one sees the application of geometry and good old-fashioned ingenuity. Suddenly the building of the pyramids without benefit of a fork-lift, back-hoe, or crane seems possible. Levers, blocks, and wheels were indispensible, but modern mechanical devices were almost unnecessary. The best way to describe the process was like watching a ballet – coordinated, rehearsed, and muscular.

We took some pictures, but they hardly convey the efforts of the crew that served us. Our proverbial hats are off to them!

Prior to the arrival of the big stuff we had measured and laid out the objects on paper in a conventional floor plan. Last week we marked the floor for placement. These measurements insured that the objects will be inaccessible to visitors once the “fence” around the machine area is erected.

If you refer back to pictures on previous blogs you can see how the exhibit is taking shape.


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