About 107 yards of wall has been built during stage one, using around a ton of stone per yard. The crew consisted of two wallers who laid the stone, one supporting waller and five people moving stone.
The stone was brought by machine to the where the wall started, thereafter, it was, (and will continue to be) carried by hand and wheelbarrows.
Seven yards of wall will stay connected to the existing wall as a reminder of where Walking Wall began. The remaining 100 yards will be taken down, section at a time, from the rear and fed to the front, thus extending the wall in a continuous process of ‘building, unbuilding and rebuilding’.
The wall will rest for a period of several weeks between each stage.
The wall will advance a hundred yards during each of the five stages until reaching its final resting place – part inside and part outside of the museum.
The route shown on the adjoining map and the dates given for the forthcoming stages are provisional. The crew is currently achieving around ten yards of completed wall each day. That number may change depending upon the terrain through which the wall travels.
Please contact Nelson-Atkins for precise timings should you want to see the wall in progress.
Establishing a good working rhythm is critical to the speed and success of the wall. This requires concentration. It is important that the wallers are allowed to work without interruption and I would ask that people watch the making of the wall without asking questions of those working upon it – particularly those laying stones.
I hope to make the wall as open as possible to visitors during its making. How the wall affects the movement and flow of people around the museum is also part of the work. There will be occasions when people will walk with the wall.
Whilst Walking Wall is intrinsically linked to the movement of people, the wall itself is not intended to be walked upon. I will be the only person to do that and only then in order to document the wall as it is being made.