For Global Expo Services, who have been the official transporting company of the exhibition since 2010, this year’s show was special. Véronique Barlay, Project Manager Fine Arts and Events, tells us why.
“It was a busy event for us as we had a lot of customers to look after,” she says. “We are used to dealing with a lot of unusual transports but this year, there was a fairly special one. In fact, we were asked to transport and set up a bas -relief coming from the collection of the Palais de Chaillot, the Museum of French Heritage and Architecture.”
This very fragile plaster piece coming from St. Savin Abbey, weighs more than 400kg with a height of nearly 3m (275cm).
“No less than eight men were necessary to lift the transport box which didn’t fit into the freight elevator,” Véronique explains. “Then the piece had to be taken out of the box and stabilized, for which still four men were required. Of course, for such a valuable and fragile piece, we took all possibly precautionary measures, not just for the transport and set-up but also for its safekeeping at the stand during the whole exhibition.”