Thursday was an exciting day at the Sioux City Art Center as crews unloaded Jackson Pollock's 'Mural.'
"There was a lot a lot of planning involved in moving the crate with the Pollock in it," said Al Harris-Fernandez, Director at the Sioux City Art Center.
A professional art moving company was hired to transport the famous large scale painting from The Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the Sioux City Art Center.
"There was also security that came along in a follow up car with actual real security people with guns and things," said Harris-Fernandez. "So it was very exciting."
The mural is more than eight feet tall and nearly 20 feet long.
And weighs more than 700 pounds when inside its protective crate.
"Considering that crate is just massive, it came out of the truck and into the Art Center as smoothly as we had dreamed it might," said Todd Behrens, Sioux City Art Center Curator.
It took eight people more than an hour to move the mural from the truck to the ground.
"Well you have to go very slow when you handle art. I mean this is a very valuable painting," said Harris-Fernandez. "It's insured for $150 million."
"I've never dealt with a painting worth this much. In part it's a relief to get it here because we have been working on it for so long, but it's really exciting," said Behrens. "We get to show great art all the time, but this is a painting that has so many great stories behind it."
Pollock's 'Mural' is considered one of the most important pieces of modern American artwork.
"It's going to be a special thing when we get it up on the wall cause it really is a spectacular thing," said Behrens.
Crews won't actually open the crate until Friday to allow the painting to acclimate to the air conditions in the gallery. Jackson Pollock's 'Mural' opens to the public free of charge on July 12th at the Sioux City Art Museum. It will be on display until April 1st of next year.
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