Video: Suction Cups and Crane Place Giant Artglass Panels Verrrry Carefully

November 30, 2017
The installation involves a multiple suction cup and iron rigging device attached to a crane boom.

Workers began installing the 220 glass panels that will create a canopy over London's Paddington Elizabeth Line Station this week. The glass roof artwork is one of the largest permanent art installations in London.

The installation involves a multiple suction cup and iron rigging device attached to the boom of a tower crane. One by one, the crane operator has to lift and place each 2,200+ pound glass panel into a steel grid. When finished, the canopy will be about 400 feet long, with the panels suspended 82 feet up.

On 180 of the panels, artist Spencer Finch has drawn cloud images using a ceramic dot matrix system. The cloudscape artwork, titled 'A Cloud Index', will change as the day's light and weather change, as well as reduce solar glare in the station.

The video below shows how it was done.

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