Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus Mural
Crating and Shipping of the Mural
September 1, 2007 - October 1, 2007
The mural was finished and signed on
September 1, 2007. Time to start the process of crating and shipping
mural to the new River Campus. 2"
x 6" boards are being screwed to the edge of the canvas strechers.
The plywood will be
attached to the 2" x 6"s
The largest section of the mural is
raised into position in the center of the studio and plywood is
attached to the 2"x6" framing.
With the crating complete, tomorrow,
October 1, 2007, is shipping day.
Last minute instructions on how to
handle the crated mural in the move.
Please note the marvelous turnout of
friends to help with the move.
The crate has wheels mounted on the
All we have to do is roll the mural
out the back door and off the porch of the studio.
I would like to take a moment to thank
Pete Koch, to the left with the chain pulley.
Pete, a former neighbor of ours, is
a retired construction worker who specialized
in the process of lifting heavy objects
with cranes on work sites. He made the job
look very easy.
Three years earlier, I drew this process
in great detail to make sure the mural would
fit through the door. Everything went
The moment of truth. The crane operator
now has the full weight of the mural. It is out of my hands.
Just shove it off the back porch of
When I got up at 3 o'clock that morning
to check the weather conditions, the wind was bending the
tops of the trees. However, an hour
or so before the move the wind completely died. Must have
been because my friend Father Sigmund
was on site. The move would not have been possible with the wind.
Perfect fit in the trailer.
The mural was the only item shipped
in the trailer.
Safely in the River Campus, I begin
the uncrating process.
Please note my very talented assistant.
Sandy said she needed some work gloves in order to help in the
process. So, we went to hardware store
to find the proper size, very small. I picked out a nice pair
of brown gloves. However,
Sandy's eyes were attached to this
fashionable pair of red work gloves. She has used them
many times since the move. They are
actually starting to look like work
Uncrated and ready to be installed.
All the best to you,
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