Thanks to the team at the RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections, with today’s post are images revealing how one of the large models for the King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark exhibition was installed. As much as the exhibits are admired, it’s probably true to say that few visitors have given much thought as to how the models got through the front doors of the Victoria and Albert Museum outside opening hours and reached their final destinations on the plinths of the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery on level 4.
During the exhibition’s installation, professional movers arrived with the models, which were delivered in protective wooden crates, at the entrance to the museum. The models came from John McAslan + Partners, architects of the new Western Concourse at King’s Cross station, and made by Millennium Models. Supervised by several curators, the exhibition items slowly made their way through the museum while it was free of members of the public. Eventually they reached the gallery and were carefully unpacked and placed on plinths for public display. As the photographs indicate, it’s clearly a team effort! A big thank you goes out to all the movers.
King’s Cross: Regenerating a London landmark. Open 19 May – 21 October 2012 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Free entry.