News | 01/28/2015 Mobile crane erects enormous Pegasus statue in Florida

LTM 1400-7.1 erecting the heaviest component – the left wing of the bronze Pegasus weighing 58 tonnes (Photo: Stark Ingenieure)

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Gulfstream Park – a venue for horseracing and casino in Florida, USA – created a bronze sculpture in the form of a Pegasus and a dragon measuring 33 metres high and 63 metres long last year. It is the largest bronze horse statue in the world. A Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1 mobile crane operated by American company Allegiance Crane worked on the project. The 400-tonner produced an astonishing performance and showed off its wide-ranging functionality.

The order for the statue was awarded to the well-known art foundry Strassacker in Süssen, Germany. It was only through the decades of experience of Strassacker that this extraordinary project was actually possible. Stark Ingenieure was charged with developing the technical design, planning the erection work and producing the wide-ranging complex engineering solutions required for the statue. Stark is based in Ludwigsburg (Germany) and operates offices in Miami, FL (USA)

The LTM 1400-7.1 operated by Allegiance Crane proved to be a good choice, as Michael Stark, owner of Stark Ingenieure and Günter Czasny deputy CEO, report. "Adam Cote, the Manager of Engineering at Allegiance Crane, and his team were extremely professional on the site. We worked extremely well and closely with each other. And the crane produced an absolutely amazing performance. It has a compact design and has excellent setup processes coupled with enormous load capacities which meant we didn't even have to move it between the various hoists. This saved us around half the time which was very important to us."

The LTM 1400-7.1 was equipped with Y-guying and full ballast for this job. The crane set-up was completed entirely by self-assembly. The left wing of the Pegasus was the heaviest single component, weighing in at a massive 58 tonnes. The Liebherr crane had to move this component to a radius of 22.3 metres. This load capacity is excellent for a crane of this class.