How do you transport a pricelesss piece of art weighing more than a ton? Very carefully.
For those of you who haven’t heard, the crown jewel of Stanford’s Rodin collection has returned to its rightful home after a 2 year loan to the North Carolina Museum of Art. One of twenty-two original casts, our version of Rodin’s “The Thinker” was presented as a gift to the Cantor Arts Foundation in 1988. Since then, it has spent time in front of Meyer Library and in the Cantor Arts Center’s Diekman Gallery.
It is in Diekman that “The Thinker” resides once again, surrounded by other pieces of the University’s astounding collection of more than 200 Rodin works – the single largest collection outside of the Musée Rodin in Paris.
Installation of the piece was well planned and executed, requiring a highly-qualified team of six art handlers to use chains, pulleys, and floating gantry to oh-so-carefully elevate, position, and finally bolt down the piece, which measures over 6 feet tall and weighs in at over a ton.
While Stanford takes great pride in showcasing such an invaluable piece of art history, few realize that Stanford is not the only university that claims this honor. Other universities include Columbia, the University of Louisville (KY), and Trinity University in San Antonio.
“The Thinker”’s return to campus is just one of many reasons to come check out the Cantor Arts Center, which, in addition to displaying other classic Rodin masterpieces like “The Gates of Hell”, features both temporary and permanent exhibits that showcase the work of artists like Rex Slinkard and Walker Evans. “The Thinker” will be open for public viewing starting January 25th, 2012 – make sure to cross thisone off your Stanford bucket list!
Still curious? Read Stanford News’ original article about “The Thinker”’s reinstallation here.