Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction, Inc.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | Ridgefield, Connecticut
No other museum in the world has been (or will be) given the opportunity to construct a steel pavilion quite like this. When the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut contacted Caldwell & Walsh about this one-of-a-kind project, it was an opportunity to help bring a distinctive collection to art enthusiasts and collectors from around the world.
The Kiefer Pavilion at the Aldrich Museum is an exact replica of the gallery built by the artist Anselm Kiefer, at his home in France. The building was designed in conjunction with the artist and architects in England, and recently erected in a London park before being dismantled and shipped to Connecticut. All of the components for the building arrived in multiple land/sea shipping containers. The steel structure sits on a concrete foundation and is clad in acid-washed corrugated panels. The structure, with its eighteen foot high doors, is said to evoke the image of a boat shed. Inside, thirty large paintings hang on two walls. Skylights emit daylight profiling the paintings which are of theoretical naval battles based on writings of an early 20th century Russian poet, Velimir Chlebnikov.
Caldwell & Walsh was responsible for the entire project including coordination of the foundation design, unpacking and erecting the structure, engineering and installing all cooling and electrical systems, and even acquiring the approvals from Town officials for this unique building. In addition we worked in concert with the registrars (legal guardians of the art) to ensure the appropriate display and safeguarding of the art on loan, as work performed near the art on display could not be done without their permission. At the close of this significant art attraction, Caldwell & Walsh dismantled and stored the entire structure for future reassembly at a private location.
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