(Photo: Mary Willie)Peter Rybchenkov with the Chicago based Methods Materials installers knelt on the platform Wednesday in the State Historical Museum lobby with a cloth and a bottle of Windex and polished the new mirror that forms a round, reflective floor beneath the globe.
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You might recall that The Des Moines Register's 6 foot diameter globe of spun aluminum 19 feet around and decorated with 114 square feet of Cold War era geography originally was installed in January 1950 in the lobby of the Register Tribune building at 715 Locust St. It became a beloved sightseeing icon in the decades before everybody carried a virtual map on the smartphones in their pockets.
Peter Rybchenkov of Methods Materials crouches under The Des Moines Register's globe as it is slowly lowered by other workers to within inches of its new resting spot in the lobby of the State Historical Museum.
A brass bushing had to be manufactured and then sliced precisely in half. So Machin and State Historical Museum Curator Leo Landis scurried Wednesday morning from a machine shop to a hardware store.
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By then the globe should be turning on its axis tilted 23 degrees with a complete revolution in about 3 minutes to mimic the Earth's own rotation to scale.
Register's old globe spins into new east
The globe does get to breathe more beneath the museum's 14 foot atrium ceiling. It will be surrounded by a Plexiglass railing but not encased in glass as it was at Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2 High
Of course, Methods Materials boss Roger Machin was on hand to orchestrate the move; his team has been the favorite mover of sculptures and other massive art objects in downtown Des Moines, as if some giant chess game with exotic pieces has been playing out across our urban landscape in recent years.
The 24 digital time zone clocks that surround the base of the globe won't be switched on until next year. But the stainless steel plates that list select cities have been polished and replaced.
The globe will be hard to miss as the first eye catching object atop its 20 inch high platform just inside the door and in front of a wall of windows.
This week the globe was retrieved from the museum basement to sit once again within sight of Locust Street albeit on the opposite side of the Des Moines River amid the East Village bustle and in the shadow of the state Capitol.
But our media operation moved out in June, so the globe was donated to the state and extracted from our old building in October.
Before Machin and his crew left downtown they also planned to stop by Pappajohn Sculpture Park and use the same gantry to pivot artist Gary Hume's 6,000 pound black and white "snowmen" sculptures 180 degrees. The unrelenting sunlight has faded the patina more severely on Under Armour Curry One Boys
Machin also rebuilt the engine that turns the globe on its axis. Moving the globe as such wasn't the tricky part of this job it was all the detail work. "This thing doesn't weigh anything, but you can't grab it," Machin explained as the 150 pound globe dangled from a gantry while still wrapped in felt blankets.
night in front of Gov. Terry Branstad among an audience of 600 at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs' annual fundraising gala.
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