Behind the Scenes: Installing Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)

As the breeze has turned brisk, Mad. Sq. Art has already embraced the cooler temperatures with our upcoming fall art exhibition, Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra) by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The installation of the three 30-foot tall bronze tree sculptures began this week with the excavation of three large 3-foot deep holes in Madison Square Park’s central Oval Lawn. A metal support system was put into place to stabilize and bear the monumental sculptures, which each weigh an astonishing 7,000 to 12,000 pounds. To put that into perspective, the average car weighs 4,000 pounds! Next, under Penone’s watchful eye and the assistance of our dedicated crew, a 127-foot crane was brought in to assemble the sculptures, which were each fabricated into several smaller pieces for ease of shipment.

Brought in from the artist’s native picturesque Turin, Italy to the bustling urban landscape of New York City, Penone’s contemplative and distinctive vision will help usher in and transition us into the fall and winter seasons. Ideas of Stone will officially be on view from September 26, 2013 — February 9, 2014.

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