Moving Juno

While the unrestored statue of Juno cut a majestic figure, 2,000 years of wear and tear had left their mark, adding considerably to the challenge of moving the 6-ton figure.

A 4-foot diamond saw blade, operated by Prime Drilling and Sawing Services of Worcester, Mass., was used to slice Juno’s head from her body.

Encased in a custom-made steel enclosure, the reinforced statue was plucked from the site by crane and placed in storage for a couple of months. Later, the same rigging and hauling contractor, Shaughnessy and Ahern of Boston, would ease the figure into the museum through a skylight.

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