This past Saturday, January 26th, the centerpiece of our new exhibit, Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel arrived and work began to set the pieces into place.
The mosaic is so big, that it is shipped in 7 crates. The crates themselves are so large, that they could not be brought in through the Museum’s loading dock because they are too wide to move through the museum. Instead a platform, 35 feet above the Warden Garden Koi pond, was built that extended through the sliding wooden doors that lead to the grand staircase and the 3rd floor Pepper Gallery where the mosaic will be on display until May 19th.
The project required closing South Street in front of the Museum, so that a 100 ft tall crane could be positioned to lift each of the seven crates from the street to the platform.
The entire process took approximately six hours (not counting the weeks of planning and preparation).
Once inside, the crates were opened in the gallery, where a team of object handlers pieced together the oversized puzzle. Two conservators from Israel then spent the next four days seamlessly fitting the pieces back together.
Come join us on Sunday, February 10th for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 pm followed by a lecture and family activities.