Knaack for art installation
30 November 2023
A large new mobile crane in Germany was instrumental in the assembly of what is claimed as the world’s largest piece of mobile art.
The great Hanseatic city of Hamburg was the temporary home for the Global Gate, an artwork installation constructed from 37 shipping containers. They are arranged 20 metres high in the shape of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Local lifting specialist Knaack Krane chose a 230 tonne capacity wheeled mobile telescopic crane for the assembly work.
In addition to being a work of art in its own right, the Global Gate is a place where local artists can display their work in public. Both the artist Otto Waalkes and art curator Marcus Schäfer were there for the construction.
Topped with elephants
Covering an area of 2,000 square metres, the Global Gate was crowned with four Ottifants – cartoon elephant sculptures by Otto Waalkes – lifted into place atop the structure using Knaack’s latest Liebherr, an LTM 1230-5.1.
It took four days to construct and install the artwork. Challenges included being close to the River Elbe, uneven ground and strong wind. The crane was rigged with 48 metres of boom and 22 tonnes of ballast. It had only been in service four weeks. For stability the containers, which each weighed 3.9 tonnes empty, were ballasted with sand to each weigh 15 tonnes.
Dubai and Frankfurt are both previous destinations for the artwork.