We need a little Horse Power from you!
I told my family I'd stop building 60 foot tall metal sculptures for the park but I just couldn't help myself. After I built the Bull's Head 15 years ago I decided it was time to add a big, bold new piece to the Porter Sculpture Park. My albino dog Bambino really wanted the company. So I've created a 50 foot tall, 40 ton horse sculpture that needs to travel 3 hours from the small blacksmith shop where I weld in St. Lawrence, SD to the Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose, SD just outside Sioux Falls.
My initial idea for how to move the horse was to get on the TV show "Shipping Wars" however, the horse took too long to build and the show went off the air. That's why I’m gonna need a little Horse Power from fans like you!
Oh, and be sure to check out the very special reward options I’ve prepared for anyone who pitches in to help make this happen.
The horse is about 40 feet high and 60 feet long. The entire sculpture weighs about 35 tons. The head and body will be about 22 feet wide and weigh about 25 tons, and the legs will be about 16 feet wide and weigh about 10 tons.
Concrete Pad: We will need to pour two concrete pads onsite at the park where the horse will be displayed, both 8ft wide x 12ft long x 12” thick, with a 1” rebar grid. We will also need to attach a stainless steel metal plate to each slab, where we will weld the horse in place by its feet.
I-Beams: We need I-Beams for moving. The I-Beams and railroad ties will be used to support the head during the move. We will use log chains to secure the sculpture to the trailer.
Moving the Horse to Montrose: The sculpture will be shipped in 3 pieces. The head and body will be in one section. The legs will be a second section. The tail will be the third section and will be shipped on a small trailer. The move will take two days. The crane will arrive from Sioux Falls on the first day and remove the body section from the legs section. One the second day the two Semi-Trailers will arrive and the crane will put the two sections onto the separate flatbed trailers. Another small flatbed trailer will be used to move the horse tail. Once the horse sections are on the trailers, they will be driven to Montrose SD. The trucks will be driving very slowly, it could take 4 or 5 hours.
Reassembling the Horse: We will use the crane to reassemble the horse again once we reach the park. We will need to get a torch and cut all of the shipping I-Beams off of the sculpture, then weld the horse legs to the concrete slabs and weld the two horse sections together. We need your help getting the horse home!
VIDEO was created by the one and only DJANGO GREENBLATT-SEAY! Check out his other work. It's awesome.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be making sure the engineering is all in order to transport such a large item. However, I’ve already done this process before when we first moved our marquis sculpture, the giant Bull's Head, using the same route from blacksmith shop to the park 15 years ago, so we’re confident we can get transport a sculpture like this successfully -- if we get enough backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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