ODE TO JOY
SEMPEROPER IN DRESDEN
At the Semperoper
Ode to Joy! This summer we from #MAXIKraft were in a special place - we were allowed to climb the roof of the world-famous #Semperoper in #Dresden. The colleagues of our subsidiary #Kranlogistik Sachsen from Dresden were called to fetch six man-high, cast-iron figures for a restoration from the gable and from all four corners of the stage. Four griffins and two lyre figures, which the sculptor Emanuel Semper had once made and had placed on the roof over 140 years ago, were clearly attacked by wind and weather. Now they are being renovated.
We put a ninety-ton truck into position for removal: our #Liebherr LTM 1090-4.2, equipped with an angled, full folding jib and a reach of up to 46 meters. The hook height reached up to 43 meters during the operation! The work on the roof was carried out by our customer's colleagues, the Radebeul company "Baualpin - Bauen mit Alpintechnik" from qualified engineer Uwe Steimann. The specialists not only had to be able to climb skilfully, they also had to find out how the cast-iron hybrid creatures were attached to the roof in the first place. Some screws were even hidden inside the figures.
But our crane driver carefully deposited all sculptures on the transporters of the company #Fuchs + Girke Bau und Denkmalpflege by radio instruction and under the gaze of onlookers. Now the attacked art treasures are being restored by the experienced specialists in Ottendorf-Okrilla. "Then we will set up the figures safely so that they can watch over Dresden again on the roof ridge of the opera," says our Dresden colleague Uwe Schmidt.
- 46 meters
- LTM 1090-4.2