so part of the problem with this whole thing was that it weighs 700 pounds or so. the solution? get as many people as possible to lift. it helps when your friends are artists and art handlers who are well versed to thinking on their feet and are first rate problem solvers. the install went so smoothly. we started at 7:30 in the morning and were done at 9.
the base was bolted to a concrete slab i had poured into the hole making the whole thing as solid as possible.
it looks so much longer when it is standing!