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ALL Crane Helps Erect 64-Ft. Sculpture at W.Va. Museum

Fri December 04, 2009 - Northeast Edition
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ALL Crane & Equipment Rental Corp. of St. Albans, W.Va., a member of the ALL Family of Companies, helped erect a huge steel and bronze abstract sculpture in front of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.Va. The sculpture “Hallelujah,” designed by metalworking artist Albert Paley, is 64 ft. tall, has a 24-ft.-diameter base and 40-ft.-diameter top, and weighs 198,000 lbs.

The delicate and precise job of lifting the $900,000 sculpture was entrusted to a 115-ton (104 t) Grove model GMK 4115 all terrain crane and operator from ALL Crane & Equipment Rental. The sculpture was delivered to Charleston from the metal fabricator in Arcade, N.Y., in 12 pieces and four ribbons on flatbed trucks. The pieces were specially rigged and then carefully lifted off the trucks by the crane and set in place, where they were bolted together by a crew from the fabricator.

“We chose the GMK 4115 because it was the smallest, most maneuverable crane we could use to handle the 40,000-lb. base section of the statue. I believe our customer called us because we could provide not only the crane but also the manlift and forklift required to complete the job,” said Chad Shamblin, general manager of ALL Crane & Equipment Rental. “With our extensive fleet, we could be ready with whatever they needed.”

The sculpture was purchased with a donation from the McGee Foundation, given in honor of Clay Center benefactor Lyell Clay and the parents of local philanthropists Ruth and John McGee.

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