Alexander Calder Sculpture Comes to BBG

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    • On June 4, 2010, Calder's sculpture Le Guichet was installed at BBG, on loan from Lincoln Center in honor of the Garden's centennial. Photo by Dave Allen.On June 4, 2010, Calder's sculpture Le Guichet was installed at BBG, on loan from Lincoln Center in honor of the Garden's centennial. Photo by Dave Allen.
    • The main component of the disassembled sculpture was aligned  within BBG's Osborn Garden. A plywood "dancefloor" protects the turf during the installation process. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The main component of the disassembled sculpture was aligned within BBG's Osborn Garden. A plywood "dancefloor" protects the turf during the installation process. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Each leg of the sculpture rests on a plinth sited on the Osborne lawn. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Each leg of the sculpture rests on a plinth sited on the Osborne lawn. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • The rigging crew from More Specialized Transport hoists the second major component piece. Conservator Marc Roussel is on the right. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The rigging crew from More Specialized Transport hoists the second major component piece. Conservator Marc Roussel is on the right. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • The second major component is wheeled into place. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The second major component is wheeled into place. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Each bolt is removed to be reinstalled in exactly the same orientation in exactly the same hole. Left: Eddie McAveney, head installer; right: conservator  Marc Roussel. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Each bolt is removed to be reinstalled in exactly the same orientation in exactly the same hole. Left: Eddie McAveney, head installer; right: conservator Marc Roussel. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Connecting bolts, an element of the artwork itself, are laid out in the order the will be reinstalled. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Connecting bolts, an element of the artwork itself, are laid out in the order the will be reinstalled. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • The two main components are bolted together. The piece is stable once these two elements are joined. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The two main components are bolted together. The piece is stable once these two elements are joined. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Brooklyn schoolchildren watch the installation. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Brooklyn schoolchildren watch the installation. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • A smaller element is lifted and bolted into place by the rigging crew, More Specialized Transport. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.A smaller element is lifted and bolted into place by the rigging crew, More Specialized Transport. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • One of the two final legs is hoisted into location. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.One of the two final legs is hoisted into location. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • One of the two final legs is bolted into place. Photo by Dave Allen.One of the two final legs is bolted into place. Photo by Dave Allen.
    • The fully assembled sculpture in BBG's Osborn Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The fully assembled sculpture in BBG's Osborn Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.Alexander Calder's sculpture Le Guichet onsite in BBG's Osborne Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Alexander Calder with his sculpture Le Guichet. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Center. All Rights Reserved.Alexander Calder with his sculpture Le Guichet. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Center. All Rights Reserved.
    • Alexander Calder with a scale model of his sculpture Le Guichet. Photo by Bob Serating, courtesy of Lincoln Center. All Rights Reserved.Alexander Calder with a scale model of his sculpture Le Guichet. Photo by Bob Serating, courtesy of Lincoln Center. All Rights Reserved.

    Today a rigging crew from More Specialized Transport assembled Calder's massive black sculpture Le Guichet (The Box Office) on site in the Osborne Garden. The piece is on loan to BBG in honor of our centennial, as a gift from the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    For most of the sweltering day, the crew, which specializes in artwork installation, carefully plumbed and situated the various component pieces, supervised by head installer Eddie McAveney and conservator Mark Roussel. The site was surveyed, plinths were installed at each of the contact points, and the main element suspended in place with a forklift. Once the main side piece was added, the sculpture was stable and the remaining elements were reattached. The process of fitting together the pieces somehow evoked assembling a purchase from Ikea, but on a much grander scale, and by an efficient and professional crew.

    At last spring's Lincoln Center gala, Reynold Levy, the president of Lincoln Center, offered Mayor Bloomberg the gift of the loan. The Mayor selected BBG as the site in honor of the Garden's centennial. Learn more about the piece at the exhibit listing.

    The piece will be on display through the summer, so be sure to explore it on your next visit.


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