"Cor Liberum" Installation is Right Around the Corner / by Mike McCarthy

 Center pedestal pre limestone veneer wrap

Center pedestal pre limestone veneer wrap

It is very hard to believe, but "Cor Liberum" begins installation in just a few days. I will begin delivering components tomorrow! I have had an upset stomach all week. This is that part I hate. When I see the last 10 months of work being lifted and put on a truck for transport, my heart is in my throat. When the crane lifts my babies over the side of a wall and into a courtyard, I will be difficult to watch. However, my installers, Meathods and Materials out of Chicago are the best! Roger Machin has been such a calming force that it has helped ease my stress.

 History pillars ready to transport for engraving.

History pillars ready to transport for engraving.

 Three of the birds with their stainless steel sleeves epoxied in place.

Three of the birds with their stainless steel sleeves epoxied in place.

The crane came out last week and weighed the central figures. They were 6800 and 4500 pounds. When the blocks came to the studio, they were 18000 and 17000- pounds a piece. The five birds were carved from blocks weighing around 2000 pounds. They are down to around 150 to 225 pounds. I wish I could say I went on that same diet!!

This commission has been a very interesting and personal journey. The whole experience has such meaning to both the hospital and me. The experience will create a park like setting for the hospital patrons. It will create a home for my idea to come to life. I am very nervous, but also excited to see the hard work come to life.