Reportage at the Louvre : transfer of the baboons of Aswan

After a first reportage at the Petit Palais for the removal of the Paris exhibition 1900, commissioned by Artrans, a company specializing in the removal of works of Art, has renewed me its confidence in asking me to make a second report in an even more exceptional place : the Louvre !

Reportage at the Louvre – transfer to the Louvre Lens

The Louvre – Lens having planned to carry out a major exhibition on the theme “Animals and of the Pharaohs”, which has more of 430 unique pieces very special relations between the Egyptians to the animal Kingdom.

A large part of the works located in Paris have thus had to be moved, with all due respect to pieces that are invaluable. Artrans has address important challenges, to move the baboons of Aswan, a piece of pink granite block of almost six tonnes !

A photo power essay

The palpable tension in the handling team was intense, and required me to pay more attention to my movements and positions for shots that the slightest suspicious sound caused stress for this team that does not have the right to the error.

The method of the photo without intervening report here climaxed : not matter indeed to ask the team to repeat a particular movement or in such situation : the moments are to take it or leave ! Very difficult light conditions were an additional constraint to overcome, but the result is at the height of the event !

Excerpt from the photographic reportage

The photographs below were commissioned by the company Artrans, and are represented here with the kind permission of the Museum of the Louvre in Paris, I would like to thank.

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The crates are made to measure for each work by the Artrans company.

Déménagement Artrans au Louvre - Paris

Displacement of the reinforced winch that will enable the team to raise the baboons of Aswan which weigh not less than 5,7 tons !

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The Artrans team prepares packages of protection for sensitive works in order to be perfectly sure that the displacement is in the best possible conditions. In the foreground appears an impressive dimensions lion's paw !

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One of the baboons of Aswan (right)

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The baboons of Aswan after their displacement on the base of their transport case.

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Webbing of the block of granite rose on its support. The fineness of engraving after so long is simply amazing.

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The convoy moves painfully to the exit of the Louvre. Other visible statues on this photograph will be moving to Lens

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Impressive Fund for a large sculpture !

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The means implemented to move the six-ton sculpture invite us to imagine how the work is initially come down to us.

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Place square, the lucky passers-by come attend the loading.

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