Blog: MCA DNA

All in a Day’s Work

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After almost a year on the MCA Plaza, Alexandre da Cunha's exhibition of construction-related objects comes down Monday. The installation, which only took a day, required eight semi trucks, one crane, and a lot of number-crunching engineers to pull off. Below we interpret our Chief of Exhibition Production's notes on the installation in drawings.

Biscuit

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install info for biscuit

DIMENSIONS
129 1/2 x 129 1/2 x 32 in.

WEIGHT
approx. 29,000 lbs

INSTALL
Rests on a steel plate and post mount

The 8 ft x 8 ft x 1 in. plate rests on a slab and is buried under the pavers

A post welded to the plate was inserted into a PVC-lined 8-inch opening in the sculpture and extends approx. 50 inches upward.

Figurehead

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install info for figurehead

DIMENSIONS
420 x 140 x 140 in.
(does not take into account the 4–5 inches buried under the pavers)

WEIGHT
approx. 120,000 lbs

INSTALL
Rests on a 12 ft x 12 ft x 6 ft concrete-reinforced foundation that was used for Martin Creed and Amanda Ross-Ho

Installation

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install info

All the concretes are not in fact found. Using industry standard widths and heights, the artist chose/designed where and how big all the openings for the forms were to be before they were made.

All the forms were made locally in Elgin at a company called Concrete Specialties.

Each concrete form had to come separately on a tractor trailer flatbed because of their weight.

Between the crane and the artwork 8 tractor trailers were required.

A 265-ton crane was used for lift and reach for all three sculptures.

All the pieces were lifted and placed in a single day.

None of the sculptures have any mechanical connections to other parts or the ground.