CMA CGM at the Heart of Paris Art Installation

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 28, 2016

Image: MONUMENTA 2016

Image: MONUMENTA 2016

Worldwide shipping group CMA CGM  announced that it is the main partner of the Monumenta 2016 art exhibition in Paris. 

CMA CGM has decided to be at the heart of the creation of the masterpiece, by providing its containerships, containers and its technical and logistical expertise.
Featuring globalization, artist Huang Yong Ping often uses metaphors in his art inspired by the sea. Monumenta 2016 follows this direction by integrating elements of the shipping industry into this installation. 
It is for this strong presence of its own universe that CMA CGM decided to be the Main Partner of the exhibition.
Tanya Saadé Zeenny, CMA CGM Executive Officer said, "By carrying millions of tons of goods every year, CMA CGM is a privileged observer of global economic exchanges that the artist expresses through this year’s MONUMENTA. Furthermore, we are at the center of this artwork that will fill the nave of the Grand Palais. For this reason, our teams have been fully mobilized, from the first day to the technical assembling, providing our know-how, our logistical expertise and industrial resources, and enabling MONUMENTA 2016 to be created."
CMA CGM was involved in every stage of the project, from genesis to the realization of the artwork, providing its expertise, industrial resources and know-how in terms of highly complex logistics project management.
For over six months, CMA CGM has been supporting the Rmn Grand-Palais, the KAMEL MENNOUR gallery and the artist in order to realize this unique project of such scale, which would not have been possible without collective expertise.
CMA CGM’s team of global experts were mobilized to ensure a high level of logistics, from the transportation of the elements of the artwork coming from different parts of the world, including China, to the highly delicate assembly that is currently taking place.
The logistics operation started as early as January, to allow timely transport of the works to the Grand Palais in Paris.
Sylvie Hubac, Rmn President, said, "Ping’s performance is impressive and the work, created in situ, integrates unstintingly to the voluminous space of the Grand Palais. Around several masterpieces, symbolizing globalization, the artist offers a metaphorical fresco of the forces at work within the world and of Humanity. The project would not have been the same without the support of CMA CGM as main partner of Monumenta 2016."
On March 28, a key milestone was reached where several containers were off loaded in Le Havre from the CMA CGM Bougainville, flagship of the CMA CGM Group, after a month of travel from the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Shanghai.
Various elements of the artwork, arrived piece by piece at the Port of Le Havre, which were then transferred by inland barge to Gennevilliers to be stored before dispatch to the Grand Palais in Paris by special convoy.
Since Monday, April 25, a continuous stream of components transported by CMA CGM has arrived day and night to be assembled within the nave of the Grand Palais. A special convoy travels the Champs-Elysée every 15 minutes entering the nave of the Grand Palais for the assembling of the masterpiece in complete secrecy in just 10 days.
Such unique and complex logistics for a work of art is guaranteed notably by CMA CGM.
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