North Building construction site with bulldozers

Art Move: Facts & Figures

In order to close the Denver Art Museum's North Building for renovation, thousands of artworks had to be packed and moved into storage. The following statistics were compiled by the exhibition and collection services move team (aka Team Awesome).

  • Objects in the North Building when project started: 36,500
  • Objects remaining in the North Building: 1 (Mud Woman Rolls On)
  • Longterm loans returned to lenders: 720
  • People involved in the move: 109 DAM staff and on-calls; 25 outside contractors
  • Smallest object moved: under .5 inch (a cup that is part of a Dutch dollhouse set from 1770)
  • Largest object moved: 16.5 tons (the Lao Tzu outdoor sculpture)
  • No. of truck trips to off-site storage: More than 150

Overall supply quantities used:

  • 19,500 ID tags
  • 69,972 sheets of newsprint
  • 85,710 ft. (16.2+ miles) of rolled tissue
  • 815 sheets of cardboard
  • 4555 cardboard boxes (of various sizes)
  • 650 pre-made pallets
  • 21,250 ft. (4+ miles) of poly (plastic) wrap
  • 54,528 yds. (31 miles; 715 rolls) of tape
  • 64,000 ft. (12+ miles) of rolled shrink wrap
  • 51,500 ft. (9.8 miles) of rolled bubble wrap

Photos: Unless otherwise noted, photos by Laura Elliff Cruz.