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PORTA-GANTRY at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

REID’s portable lifting crane system, the PORTA-GANTRY, was used in the preparations for the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands.

The lightweight, aluminium crane system rated WLL 1000kg, was chosen for the purpose of moving and placing valuable statues within the museum. The easy to assemble, portable aluminum lifting frame was perfectly suited to the museum environment.

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in The Netherlands, with masterpieces from all eras of art in the country, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present.

The home of Rembrandt’s most iconic work, the Night Watch, it is revered as one of the world’s greatest museums – a treasure trove of priceless paintings that has long enthralled visitors to The Netherlands’ most celebrated city.

After 10 years of renovation work, the museum announced its reopening with renovated buildings and a newly re-hung collection. The work was completed in July 2012, but it has taken until April 2013 to completely transfer the museum’s many masterpieces, some 8000 items of art and historical artefacts, to their new positions. The process is estimated to have cost over €300million (£238million).

The adjacent photo appeared in the cultural feature in the “Volkskrant” – an important newspaper in The Netherland.

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