Hertel help with unusual request in Qatar
Hertel’s expertise in Qatar has been employed to fulfill an unusual request. The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) has a new resident in the form of a giant spider.
Maman, as the spider is known, is a 30ft x 33ft sculpture, with a sac containing marble eggs. Maman is the creation of artist Louise Bourgeois, and is considered one of the world’s largest and most impressive scultures.
Qatar is the latest location for Maman to spin its web, with permanent versions in London, Kansas, Ontario, St Petersburg, Bilbao, Tokyo, Seoul and Des Moines.
Installing such an enormous and valuable structure is a delicate task, and Hertel were asked to provide the scaffolding for the assembly inside the QNCC. Surprisingly, this was the first time that scaffolding had been used to support the build.
Scaffolding Manager Keith Clarkson and Scaffolding Designer Evans Kapinda set to work with coordination by Liam Hully. Maman was safely set free in one piece in its new home, thanks to the expertise provided by Hertel.
Wisam Alnaser, who was responsible for the build was pleased: “The big credit goes to Hertel for their amazing and super-fast work and support. I’d like to thank them very much – it really was a pleasure to work with them.”
Jeroen Vahrmeijer, the Chief Museums Officer of the Qatar Museums Authority said “I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the work and dedication towards getting Maman up on its feet at the QNCC.
“It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope that you are as proud as I am to be involved with showing art to Qatar and its visitors.”
Lee McLean Marshall, Hertel Country Director Qatar commented: “We’ve had some pretty unusual requests for scaffold in the past, but this one reminds me what a tangled web we weave.
“Although this project is outside of our usual industrial environment, we were happy to be able to help something that is a part of the community in Qatar with the Museums Authority.
“The team did a great job in helping to deliver this delicate and expensive installation safely and in quick time for the customer.”
Monday 01st of August 2011, 02:00:05 PM BST
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