The Clarinet: This fragile, yet ginormous piece (12’ long, 600 pounds) was creatively installed at the ASU Art Museum
Phase One: The clarinet had been packed and transported to the museum in a large crate. A fork lift was used in the initial phase to move the crate into position for the installation.
Challenges: The delicate ‘notes’ wrapped in white cloth could not be touched. Gloves were worn to protect the finish on the main stem. The clarinet had to be carried approximately 75 yards down a set of steps with a low overhead — very tricky.
Strategy: Rest Assured owner Peter Blake and his team decided to ramp the entire staircase. After turning the staircase into a ramp, they designed and built a padded crate on wheels to carry most of the weight, eliminating any risk of it dropping or touching the ground.
They also set up a rigging mechanism through the upper staircase. Once the clarinet reached the bottom, the crew carefully placed straps around it. The straps were hooked to the rigging device and the clarinet was lifted and placed on its on its base.
Mission Accomplished: With a crew of eight Rest Assured employees, plus assistance from two museum installers, the clarinet was safely installed. The museum staff was quite pleased with the ease and safety in which the job was done.