Case Studies

Agora
by Magdalena Abakanowicz
at Grant Park, Michigan & Roosevelt
Chicago, IL October 2006

9 sea containers
106 x 9’ tall cast iron, headless, armless figures
424 Stainless steel pins
1 concrete platform
2 cranes + operators
8 M&M riggers
3 artist's assistants
1 Magdelana Abakanowicz
6 weeks of work

Methods and Materials collaborated with Schaefges Bros. (concrete) and the Chicago Parkways Foundation early on in the project.
Once it was determined, how the sculptures would be secured into the pigmented foundation, we turned to the careful installation of each individual figure.

Each figure was uncrated and temporarily placed, by crane. The final positions were determined by the artist, Magdelena Abakanowicz.

Each was again lifted and four holes were drilled in the concrete beneath. Steel pins were placed though the soles of the feet. The holes were then filled with epoxy and the pins, now protruding from the bottom of the feet were set into the concrete. The 424 pins now anchor the sculpture in its life long location.

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