It’s not totally uncommon to be working alongside grade-listed buildings. Part of our job at Mtec is to ensure no damage is done to historic buildings, artworks or people… and sometimes birds.
Anish Kapoor showcased sculptures made of stone, marble and alabaster. Some of the monumental works weigh up to 12 tonnes and renovations had to be made to the museum to accommodate them.
At times a simple looking installation can be the most challenging. Georg Baselitz’s three-figure bronze sculpture stands over 3.5 metres tall and is a considerable weight requiring specialist lifting equipment that only Mtec have. After carefully assessing all access points, we decided that an overnight install through the museum would have the least impact on both the public and the surrounding area.
Obviously our planning and measurements had to be spot on, but the project management team did a fabulous job and we made it through the museum and entrance to the gardens… sometimes with millimetres to spare.
The following morning, the final touches were completed while the gardens were open, and the audience of school children and museum goers simply added to the triumphant atmosphere. ©
This work by Fischli/Weiss, situated near the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery, comprised two large granite boulders seemingly balanced one on top of the other. Standing approximately 5.5 metres high, Fischli/Weiss’s deceptively simple gesture was incongruous and startling, and yet also in tune with its site. Rock on Top of Another Rock oscillated between stability and instability, construction and destruction. ©
‘Powerless Structures Fig. 101’ by Elmgreen and Dragset is a sculpture of a boy astride his rocking horse. Cast in bronze, the work references the traditional monuments in the square, but, with its golden shine, it celebrates generations to come.
The sculpture is 4.11 metres high and 4.32 metres long and weighs 3.1 tons. Installed by Mtec.©