11/25/2020 LTM 1050-3.1 makes “Muse” art project possible by hoisting a grand piano into a forest clearing

  • Valuable freight – LTM 1050-3.1 hoists a grand piano for an art project into a forest clearing
  • “Muse” is a short film about humanity and vulnerability by photographer and artist Sichtlich Mensch

ESB Kranverleih Transport und Hebetechnik GmbH received an order for a very unusual job in spring 2020 – a valuable grand piano had to be hoisted into a cleared section of forest near Erolzheim in southern Germany and set up there to be played. The order was placed by Andreas Reiner, a German photographer and artist, known by the name Sichtlich Mensch. He was producing the “Muse” project in this clearing – a short film about humanity and vulnerability.

ESB Kranverleih’s LTM 1050-3.1 hoisted a valuable piano into a cleared section of forest.

ESB Kranverleih’s LTM 1050-3.1 hoisted a valuable piano into a cleared section of forest.

ESB Kranverleih’s LTM 1050-3.1 hoisted a valuable piano into a cleared section of forest.

Mittelbiberach-based company ESB Kranverleih and Managing Director Karl Engeser had never come across a project quite like it. “It was quite exciting to be part of a such an unusual project. After we received the enquiry, we first of all took a look at the location”, he says. The section of forest had been cleared after suffering storm damage. Engeser thinks back: “We looked for a suitable access route and a place which had the required stability to set up the crane.” ESB finally managed to set up an LTM 1050-3.1 close to the clearing. The 50 tonne crane then hoisted the 400 kilogram grand piano into the required location from a distance of 25 metres.

Well-known German pianist Dirk Maassen played a range of sensitive, dreamlike music in the middle of the forest.

Well-known German pianist Dirk Maassen played a range of sensitive, dreamlike music in the middle of the forest.

Well-known German pianist Dirk Maassen played a range of sensitive, dreamlike music in the middle of the forest.

In perfect weather conditions, a very special, moving mood was developed in this “injured” section of forest – volunteers gathered around the piano, stripping naked to express the vulnerability of humanity. Well-known German pianist Dirk Maassen played a range of sensitive, dreamlike music and created a unique atmosphere. The resultant film can be viewed online free of charge.