A monumental move

Students and staff from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum lift Thaddeus Strode’s massive canvas “The Doppelganger’s Boneyard” (2007) into place in the Saligman Family Atrium last month. Measuring more than 20 feet long, the mixed-media piece was featured last spring in the museum’s exhibition “Thaddeus Strode: Absolutes and Nothings” and has since been acquired by the University through the Parsons Fund and Bixby Fund for Kemper’s permanent collection. On this day, the painting was being moved from the first floor to its new home in the atrium. At lower left is Olafur Eliasson’s “Your Imploded View” (2001), a 600-pound aluminum sphere — wrapped for protection during the installation — that hangs from the atrium’s vaulted ceiling.