Coptos Gateway, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

CBI specialized in this unusual project where we provided exhibit support and structural engineering services to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts in Japan, the National Museum in Cairo, and the Louvre.


CBI collaborated with museum conservationists to design structural and seismic supports for large stone artifacts (from second century BC Egypt) that had to be kept aesthetically transparent.


CBI created an inverted pendulum structure which allowed each of the two ton Coptos Gate stones to be suspended from a transportable overhead structure sized to support gravity and pendulum loads.  This minimalist approach caused the least amount of physical damage to material while protecting it between moves, this being a traveling exhibit.

The structure columns were designed to telescope 3’ to meet display height constraints imposed by various venues.