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Contractors World International - 2015 Vol 6 No 2

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Super-Sized Bronze Casting Challenges Skanska

Pegasus Slaying Dragon Sculpture,
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach,
USA

The elements in the Peri scaffolding allowed for adjustments in 25 cm steps and so could be shaped around the statute which has no straight lines. The scaffolding had to be close enough to provide access to all the surfaces for the finishing work.For the erection of the extraordinary Pegasus bronze sculpture in Florida, it posed some serious challenges to the contractors, Skanska Construction Group, in providing safe access and support to the exceptionally large and complicated sculpture during erection.

The elements in the Peri scaffolding allowed for adjustments in 25 cm steps and so could be shaped around the statute which has no straight lines. The scaffolding had to be close enough to provide access to all the surfaces for the finishing work.

And statues do not come much bigger. It is the height of an 11 storey building - 110 feet (33.5 m) in height; 200 feet (61 m) in length and weighs 472 tons.

The Gulfstream Park located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, is home to one of the most famous racetracks in the world.

Austrian-Canadian businessman and horse expert, Frank Stronach, is currently expanding the Stronach Group-owned facility through the addition of a theme park. At its centre, since the end of 2014, stands a spectacular piece of bronze artwork: Pegasus, the fabled winged horse from Greek mythology, forms an ensemble with a dragon as a symbol of positive strength and the victory of good over evil.

In order to be able to safely realise the bronze sculpture on site as well as within the planned time frame, Skanska worked with the Miami-based scaffolding contractor, Scafform, who decided to use the Peri UP Rosett Flex modular scaffold system. The modular scaffold system could deliver the flexibility and versatility necessary. The system can be adapted to the complex geometry in 25 cm increments.

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