The Crusader - Imperial War Museum North

The Crusader

An interesting project that involved close liaison with client and the internationally acclaimed sculptor, Gerry Judah. 

Brief

The Imperial War Museum North instructed the Chester Civil and Structural Engineering Division to design the fixing and supervise the installation of the Gerry Judah sculpture The Crusader in the main exhibition gallery. 

Challenges + Opportunities

The Crusader is Gerry Judah’s comment on modern day wars, resonating with the history of world conflicts. The sculpture is covered by a network of war damaged buildings in a devastated urban landscape echoing the theme of conflict throughout the museum. The stark white form is set against a matt black background and the structural fittings were designed to be hidden giving the impression to onlookers that the sculpture is floating in space.

The design also had to take into account that the exhibit was to be set out of vertical. 

Strategy

The fixing design was discussed in detail with Gerry Judah and the Museum staff. A timber mock-up was made and fixed in place in order that the final orientation of the sculpture could be fixed. 

 

  • Project Type : Special Structure
  • Project Status : Complete
  • Start / End : 2010  
  • Last Updated : 13th December 2016

 

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