Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk - Design Observer, March 21, 2005
William Drenttel details the moving of the Axum Obelisk in the late 1800s from Egypt to New York, complete with photographs. It is an astounding story of innovation in moving techniques. 71 feet and weighing 244 tons, Cleopatra's Needle was turned sideways, loaded onto a boat, shipped across the ocean, loaded onto a custom-created rail line, and erected in Central Park -- at a cost of only $100,000. A similar event is taking place right now, sending an obelisk from Italy to its original home in Ethiopia, but it will be split into three parts and cost $450 million.
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