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Art on the move: Plaster cast sculptures being loaned out by the Slater

Norwich — A Brooklyn, N.Y., company that specializes in fine art services, was packing and moving three plaster cast duplicate sculptures from the collection at the Slater Museum Monday to the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

Three of the Slater's casts, "The Dying Gaul," "Boxer at Rest" and "Discobolus" are being loaned to the Tang for an exhibit this spring. Slater Director Vivian Zoe expects the pieces to be gone for about six months. Placards will be positioned in place of the pieces for the duration.

Chris Engel, of Boxart, Inc., estimated the weight of "The Dying Gaul," which is partially hollow, at 300 pounds. The other two pieces are solid, according to Zoe.

"The Dying Gaul" was loaned to the Getty Museum about 15 years ago. "Discobolus" was loaned to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich in 2012 in conjunction with an exhibit on the Olympic Games. "Boxer at Rest" has never left the Slater in the over 100 years it's been in the collection.

Engel expects to complete the crating of the pieces on Tuesday.  

The Slater's plaster cast collection is comprised of 150 examples of Egyptian, Roman and Italian Renaissance sculptures replicated from original works.

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