Office Movers, Inc. Moves 8,000 Piece Collection of Marine Corps Art
This past weekend, Office Movers, Inc. in partnership with Proven Management, was hard at work moving the archives and fine art collection of the U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Virginia. The project involved packing and transporting an 8,000-piece collection of Marine Corps art valued at approximately $12 million.
Team Kane's senior project manager, Mike Murphy, who served 17 years of active commissioned service for the Marine Corps, was particularly enthused by the collection as it represents over two centuries of eye-witness accounts of the Marines in and out of battle. "Managing this project was really special for me, for obvious reasons," said Mike. The majority of the pieces were on stretched canvas, ranging from early 18th century to present day. According to our account manager, Pam Privitera, the largest and most valuable pieces included a painting over 10 feet wide and a solid bronze sculpture depicting the famous scene of the flag being raised after the WWII Battle at Iwo Jima. Each piece was bubble-wrapped, inventoried, and securely packed into boxes and crates before being loaded onto our vehicles. The largest items required a little more creativity to be safeguarded – these pieces were loaded into mattress boxes and custom wooden crates.
Lemont Jeffers, our on-site project manager, was able to snap a few pictures of our crews at work. Driver Alex Dias and long-time Kane project manager, John Hamilton, are pictured here with Christa Eggleston-Scott from the museum.
For the past three months, the museum has been closed for renovations, with plans to reopen on April 1st. According to their website, “Visitors will discover a recently restored World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber and Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter which were installed during the closure. The Dauntless now hangs from the soaring glass of the Museum’s central gallery, while the UH-34D is positioned in a ground-level display recreating a scene of Marines disembarking under enemy fire.”
Team Kane was thrilled to play a part in the work being done to renovate a museum with such profound historical significance, and we look forward to visiting!