Transportation of wind turbine blade, UK
ALE has transported a wind blade, measuring 75m long, as part of the Hull UK City of Culture programme.
Moving and installing the blade involved over a year of planning, also involving Hull City Council, project consulting engineers Arup and the Police.
ALE transported the wind blade under the cover of darkness using 16 axle lines of SPMT in two separate configurations of 2 file 4 at the front and 4 file 6 at the back, along with bolsters.
The blade was transported from Siemens’ fabrication site, 3.1 miles away, through winding city streets to Queen Victoria Square.
Once in position, it was mounted on specially-constructed supports. At the highest point, it is 5.5m from the ground – allowing double-decker buses to pass under the tip of the blade. It is believed to be the first time such a huge industrial structure has been manoeuvred into a city centre to be displayed as a temporary art installation.
The installation is part of its contribution to the cultural and artistic programme. This was instrumental for the artwork, ‘Blade’ by multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni, who reinterpreted the 75m long wind turbine blade as a monumental sculpture installed across the historic Queen Victoria Square.
This jaw-dropping contemporary art installation is the first artwork in Look Up, a year-long series of artist interventions in public spaces commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which aim to make people look at and experience the city in new ways.
Photo credits: Siemens/Sean Spencer, Hull News & Pictures.