“The lifting and placing of the whales on the wall of the Cope Center was a tricky operation because the landscaping and sidewalks were already installed, requiring the Link-Belt 75RT to lift from over an 80 ft. (24.3 m) radius,” said Cliff Tillotson, Vice President of Prometheus Construction.
Local Link-Belt crane distributor, Doc Bailey Cranes & Equipment, Inc. offered the new 75-ton (70-mt) 75|RT rough terrain crane for the lift. “Mahalo to everyone at Doc Bailey Cranes and Equipment for their generous support to the community of Nānākuli in making this wonderful project possible,” said Tillotson.
“This symbolic art project called Kohola Ola (Whales for Peace) is the vision and inspiration of a local copper artist named Muthukumaru Sooriya. Hundreds of schoolchildren on the island of Oahu hand-pounded these exquisite whale sculptures into being with the unifying message of universal human goodwill,” said Tillotson.