Solid State Change: Fin!
Video of the rigging job in VT will be posted soon. You'll be able to compare the difference and see that Kent's English Shortening Knot made a difference in how sweetly and evenly it picked. But whatever! Who has time to be fussy? We just got that thing off the truck and placed in a reasonable, uneventful (if not completely flat) way... and ate us some sandwiches!
You know you're in a quaint small town when everyone *loves* the local excavating guy, which in this case is Chris Acker. And yeah. He's a sweetheart and so now I love him too.
In this picture you can see that there was a little problem with a drain right in front of the sculpture, so that it looked like it was sitting at the bottom of a huge cereal bowl. But Chris moved the drain out of the way, and this made everybody rejoice!
Last step was to armor-all the surface until it looked like an enormous piece of licorice. Don't worry, though. This will only happen twice a year. It's important to protect the colored plastic from the sun.
After we took these pictures, we ate a huge lunch with two glasses of cheap champagne!