Ainscough Crane Hire, the UK’s leading crane hire company, has recently completed a Halloween stunt that involved suspending a giant pumpkin 150ft in the air and dropping it onto the floor below in front of a crowd of hundreds.
The event was held at the University of Bristol as part of a family fun weekend hosted by resident artist Melanie Jackson. Along with the main event that saw the 150cm diameter pumpkin being smashed, there were various other activities to get involved with such as jack-o-lantern making and vegetable sculpturing.
Ainscough’s Regional Operations Manager, Mark James, said: “This has been a very interesting project from start to finish and we are pleased to be involved with the activities at the University. We took notice from an American company who have done several of these drops, and our thanks to Jason White at “Unusual Rigging” for assisting us with the automatic release mechanism. All credit to our supervisor Mike Wools who certainly felt the weight of expectation of the crowd but the stunt was a great success.”
The crane used during the event was Ainscough’s 75 tonne Liebherr’s. The crane was positioned to ensure a sufficient ‘splat radius’ to protect spectators from low-flying pieces of pumpkin!
Talented artist Melanie Jackson, designed the event as part of her residency at the University of Bristol, where she has been exploring the work and ideology of space alongside the Biological Science Department.
The pumpkin stunt was coordinated by VINCI Construction.