‘Out at work’ with Mass Group

Removing & transporting a Banksy from a wall in Bristol

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The Bristol based company had the high-pressure job recently of removing a Banksy mural “Aachoo!!” which appeared on a semi-detached house in the City at the end of last year. The artwork depicts a woman sneezing so hard that she loses her false teeth.

Mass Group’s FASSI 545RA.2.26 with L324 flyjib was used to lift the work from the wall in mid-March after the house was sold.

Coincidentally an Italian art restorer Federico Borgogni was also on-hand to help. While Federico may be an expert in removing frescos, the FASSI crane is the perfect choice for this type of work as its versatility combined with power allows for greater manoeuvrability when lifting and transporting large items.

Although the company are well accustomed to a wide-range of lifts, there were particular challenges associated with this one as Managing Director Mark Steventon-Smith explains:

‘It was a tough job, not least because the house is on one of the steepest roads in the UK. But we had every faith in the crane and that combined with the skill of the driver ensured a successful lift. The hard bit was being watched by the public, filmed by local and national press and live-streamed on YouTube. Obviously, the piece was insured, but I was happy to see it finally on the ground!’

Where it’s off to? Nobody knows. All those involved in the move have remained tight-lipped about its final destination. As secretive as the man himself.