The Grand Palais presented Artist Huang Yong Ping’s art installation on Sunday May 8th, featuring CMA CGM containers. As the Main Partner for the show, the Group was proud to support the realization of this installation with its containerships, containers and its technical and logistical expertise.
The logistics operation started as early as January, to allow timely transport of the works to the Grand Palais in Paris. At the end of March, a key milestone was reached where several containers were unloaded in Le Havre from the CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE, flagship vessel of the Group, after a month of travel from the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Shanghai.
Various elements of the artwork arrived piece by piece at the Port of Le Havre, which were then transferred by river barge to Gennevilliers to be stored before dispatch to the Grand Palais in Paris by special convoy.
At the end of April, a continuous stream of artwork pieces transported by CMA CGM arrived day and night to be assembled inside the main hall of the Grand Palais.
A special convoy travelled the Champs-Elysées Avenue every 15 minutes, entering the nave of the Grand Palais for the assembly of the masterpiece, in complete secrecy, in just 10 days.
Philippe Bérard, Manager Logistics and Reefer, onboard since the beginning of the Monumenta project, tells us about the behind-the-scenes activity: “My role was to find solutions to meet RMn’s specifications, from the implementation to the assembly of the containers which ended last week at the Grand Palais in Paris. This will be followed in late June by the disassembly of the artwork.”
Many experts from various services and subsidiaries of the Group gave their support to the Monumenta project. “It is thanks to their skills and expertise that this project has been a success,” he explains.
Open from May 8th to June 18th, 2016. For more information, please visit our website. Discover below the images that were taken behind-the-scene! (Click to see full pictures – Copyright: CMA CGM)