Posted at: 07/02/2012 5:53 PM
| Updated at: 07/02/2012 6:24 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi
ALBANY - It wasn't an easy task. Moving a 500 pound painting takes several weeks of planning. Especially when the painting dates back to the early 1800's.
Workers from several state agencies put their minds together to move a historic portrait of President George Washington to its new home. The painting has been at the State Education Department for many years. But, that building isn't open to the public. Moving it to the State Capitol means anyone can walk in and enjoy it.
The portrait is too big to fit through a doorway. In order to move it, the frame was taken apart, wrapped up, and then reassembled.
Monday afternoon, eight men grabbed a piece of the frame, and slowly lifted it into place, attaching it to hooks.
The painting is part of a Fourth of July exhibit at the Capitol, which also includes Washington's sword, and pistol. The display will be open for the entire month of July.