A UNIC mini spider crane and a team of GGR Group’s skilled crane operators helped install an eye-catching centerpiece at a major UK shopping centre recently.
This beautiful steel horse created by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Scott was lifted into position by a 6 tonne capacity UNIC URW-706 mini spider crane in the atrium of the new shopping centre for its grand opening.
“Equus Altus”, meaning “high horse” in Latin, is made from small galvanized steel pieces welded together to create a shimmering mosaic effect. After 10 months of work in the artist’s studio, the finished Cleveland Bay pack horse sculpture took just one day to install thanks to the hard-working installation team and mini crane.
The horse was delivered in five separate pieces, which the crane lifted into place on the ground to be fixed together. Once the 5 metre tall horse was complete, the UNIC mini crane safely lifted the 1385kg sculpture up onto a 10 metre column.
The UNIC spider crane proved to be the ideal piece of equipment for installing Andy’s horse as it could move through restricted access areas and lift to the required height from its position underneath a walkway bridge, safely working around the structure of the building thanks to the crane’s working area limitation function.
The sculpture’s creator Andy Scott said, “It was a great experience for me as the artist to see so many capable and expert hands treat my efforts with such care and diligence. It all came together really well with some fantastic teamwork so thanks to all involved at GGR.”
UNIC mini cranes have lifted other pieces of public art in the past, such as the Yayoi Kusama statue at Selfridges in London last year and another one of Andy Scott’s creations, “Egeria”, at the Oak Mall shopping centre in Grennock, Inverclyde.