The 300-foot Crane Nesting on the Circle This Summer
“Luckily, it’s not as loud on the inside as it is on the outside,” says Perry Bruce, the crane foreman who has operated models like this for 28 years. “And it’s easier to drive than you think. I wouldn’t say it’s agile, but the modern ones are a lot easier to maneuver than the old ones you had to manhandle.”
The 500-horsepower crane hails from R.H. Marlin, one of the nation’s largest crane rental companies, which just happens to reside on the south side of Indy. It can lift about 32,500 pounds—powerful, although surprisingly, not even close to the 600-ton capable models they have. And while the first part of its job is done, it isn’t going anywhere just yet. As metalworkers recast the joints of the bronze statue, originally installed in pieces, the giant red crane will continue to assist masonry workers at the site.
Thankfully, this bird is migratory. By October 30, it will return Victory to her rightful place and head home. Anyone for lunch on the Circle on November 1?