very carefully, and with an enormous crane, apparently.
i snapped this bird's eye view of a segment of anselm kiefer's sculpture, "Etroits sont les vaisseaux" (Narrow are the Vessels) from the 2nd floor office window today, at work (left). after 2 days of lifting and guiding, the last of the pieces are now inside the gallery, and you can read about the exhibit here, on the mass moca blog. the image on the right shows the crane, and 2nd floor gallery door, with a platform beneath it built especially for the big move.
where was this 6-ton sculpture of iron and steel before it's arrival at mass moca? gracing the lawn of christine and andrew j. hall's southport ct estate, until the halls lost a 4-year legal battle with the fairfield historic district commission.
i also snapped this (poor) photo of the warning sticker on the crane arm, "warning. pinch point. keep out. reaching into boom holes and other pinch points can cause serious injury or death."
as exciting as all the commotion was, it couldn't top watching Huang Yong Ping's 2-ton elephant sculpture levitate in february 2006...