The move of Physical Energy and Tennyson have been the most dramatic here

Posted by Admin on 15 Dec 2008, midnight

 


So much is happening at Watts Gallery it is difficult to find time to write a blog! Openings, talks and moves have meant another busy and rewarding week. I suppose that the move of Physical Energy and Tennyson have been the most dramatic here. Each weighing about three tons, these essentially plaster sculpture [gesso grosso] made them both difficult to move as well as being extremely fragile.

A further complication was that the statue of Tennyson was too tall to fit under the cross beams of the sculpture gallery. This meant that he had to lowered to an angle of 40 degrees to move him outside and into his new home. This was worrying to watch, but the careful planning of Oxford Exhibition Services meant that every possible thing that might go wrong was prepared for. In a kind of a giant sack truck, the great Victorian poet, was slowly lowered onto huge bags of air to protect the details of the sculpture, supported by an A-frame and moved on wheels bit by bit out of the gallery. The process took so long that it was dark when he finally reached the cold outside. Photographs show how dramatic and beautiful, if a little surreal, this all looked.