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Here’s what happens when a crane drops a 20,000-pound piece of a sculpture

A 20,000-pound part of a sculpture got dropped by a crane on 42nd Street in Miami between Miami Avenue and Northeast First Avenue Monday, damaging a transport trailer and leaving a hole in Northeast 42nd Street.
A 20,000-pound part of a sculpture got dropped by a crane on 42nd Street in Miami between Miami Avenue and Northeast First Avenue Monday, damaging a transport trailer and leaving a hole in Northeast 42nd Street. cjuste@miamiherald.com

A crane 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.

One of the Institute’s neighbors, Sarima Gracia, said she was on the phone with her business partner when a very loud oops happened.

“It sounded like a bomb,” Gracia said. “I heard it through his phone and in my house. The whole house shook.”

Buena Vista East neighborhood residents said the ensuing 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 dropoff 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 read:

“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.”

Herald Staff Writers David Smiley and Andres Viglucci contributed to this story.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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