A crane has fallen onto the roof of the Dallas Museum of Art, narrowing missing an important sculpture by the Shanghai born American artist Mark di Suvero.
John Young a spokesperson for the Museum stated that, “the crane operator was working to install a tent for Art Ball 50, scheduled for April 11, in conjunction with the upcoming Dallas Art Fair 2015 Edition. The Director of communications Jill Bernstein added, “The museum’s primary concern is now for the health of the crane operator”.
Images from the accident showed the crane tilted up on its front wheels with the large arm resting on the roof of the museum.
Bob Phillips with Texas Country Reporter was right across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art when the crane fell down. He said that, immediately after the incident, the vehicle’s operator climbed out of the crane cab and shouted that he was not hurt.
The crane is owned and operated by Scharff Crane Rental, a local company based in Sherman. It was installing a tent for a private reception held on the museum’s south side. The crane needed to hoist heavy metal beams as part of the work, but the weight of those pillars somehow pulled the crane base off of the ground.
The museum was not open at the time of the accident and nobody was seriously injured.
Photo : Taylor McGann, via Twitter