Floating between heaven and earth with Bilfinger VAM Anlagentechnik

A real eye-catcher: As part of the art project titled “Höhenrausch 2018” (high altitude euphoria) a flying ship has been looming above the rooftops in the city of Linz, Upper Austria. The 20-meter long and two-ton aluminum behemoth was installed by the specialists from Bilfinger VAM Anlagentechnik.

The “Flying Ship” is a piece from Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev and the highlight of the exhibition that runs from May 24 until October 14, 2018 with over 40 international art contributions dedicated to the topic of water. Bilfinger VAM Anlagentechnik took care of lifting the giant piece of art 55 meters into the sky and adjusting it with cables on the Höhenrausch Tower. The colleagues manufactured and installed a steel mast inside the tower that the ship was attached to. The ship was then brought into the position desired by the artist and moored using a 500-ton crane.

“Tensioning the cables around the ship was quite a challenge”, says Managing Director Christian Hofürthner. “As soon as you start to pull one cable, the tension of another cable immediately changes. It took a great deal of patience and expertise to make sure that the more than 20 cables were all in the right position”. The “Flying Ship” has dropped anchor in Linz for the next two years.