In the beginning of September The Gates of Hell is scheduled to travel to London. This requires the making of a transportation frame without which a safe transfer of the monument would be impossible. This frame needs to be connected to the support structure of the monument.
The transport is not without risks. Because of its size it needs to occur in a horizontal position which implies that the monument has to be tilted and laid down, which could cause further tensions in its structure. Therefore it is very important, to determine and map the presence of any micro-fissures before departing. Based on this map, eventual new micro-fissures can be detected upon the monument’s return.
Wooden beams further support the individual frame elements.
In order to better capture the weight on the back during the turning of The Gates of Hell, several wooden beams have been installed as support beams.
The placement of the support construction
The mounting of the support construction
Securing the support construction to the Gate
Drilling of the base
Cutting of the base and lifting
Movement of the structure by means of chain hoists
View of the back of the monument
The building of the transportation frame
Moving The Gates of Hell on to a low bed trailer