A crane in Miami dropped a 20,000-pound piece of a granite sculpture being installed at the Institute of Contemporary Art Monday morning, denting the flatbed truck and leaving a hole in Northeast 42nd Street.
The Miami Herald and local news reported.
One of the Institute’s neighbors, Sarima Gracia, said she was on the phone with her business partner when a very terrifying oops happened.
“It sounded like a bomb, I heard it through his phone and in my house. The whole house shook,” Garcia said.
Buena Vista East neighborhood residents reported the cleanup closed Northeast 42nd Street from Miami Avenue to Northeast First Avenue until midafternoon. They counted that as an extra annoyance on top of the street closing starting at 7:30 a.m. before the morning work-and-school drop-off rush hour.
What dropped Monday is one of two 20,000-pound granite hunks involved in a 40-ton sculpture by Philadelphia-born Jennifer Allora and Havana-born Guillermo Calzadilla, an artistic team who work out of Puerto Rico. A serrated part of the granite block sliced through a strap, creating an imbalance that led to the crane dropping the block on the truck’s flatbed.
A statement from the ICA stated:
“The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami filed for all necessary permits to temporarily close NE 42nd street today during the installation of an artwork in our sculpture garden. A crane malfunction occurred during the installation process, causing damage to a truck transporting part of a sculpture. There were no injuries sustained, and no impact on surrounding property was reported.
“The artwork’s installation has resumed and the street will be reopened by the end of (Monday). We apologize to our neighbors for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming the community into ICA Miami’s new home on Dec. 1.”
Pain is beauty, so is art.