In a nightmare scenario for anyone in the art world, a Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla sculpture weighing in at a whopping 40,000 pounds was dropped outside the Miami ICA building.
The enormous work by the Puerto Rican artist duo was being transported to the museum’s trendy new Design District digs on November 20 when the crane carrying it went faulty and disaster struck.
The sculpture, entitled Unspecified Promise, was to be a part of the much anticipated inaugural exhibition of the space, which opens to the public on December 1 to coincide with Miami’s biggest yearly art event, Art Basel.
Although the cost of the work is unknown, much smaller paintings by the artistic team sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, so this is definitely not a ‘no biggie’ situation.
The piece is said to have created an actual hole in the ground and is also somewhat ironic, as the theme of the work has to do with the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the issues of construction, development and displacement that the devastation brought to the fore.
Unspecified Promise is an artwork in two parts. The first is Calzadilla’s father’s old tractor, and the second an enormous granite boulder. The two elements of the work are each sawed in half and then connected to create the final piece.
It is unclear how much damage was done to the work and whether or not it will make its own unveiling come December, but safe to say it started its travels to America with a bang.