From the Archive
In these photographs, a team of preparators moves Gray Column from conservator Jack Brogan’s studio to the Getty. The piece was first prepared for transport with application of a protective film, and then loaded into a shipping crate especially built for it. A forklift then moves the crate out of Jack Brogan’s studio and it is loaded onto a flatbed truck with a crane.
Once it arrives at the loading dock of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Gray Column is off-loaded and taken to the gallery. Still protected by its shipping crate, Gray Column is lifted carefully into place by a pulley system. Once uncrated, Getty preparators position the sculpture onto a specially prepared base. Gray Column is now displayed in an upright orientation for the first time. Valentine always intended the piece to be displayed in this orientation, but due to its size, it had been previously exhibited on its side, oriented horizontally.