Gaudi´s hanging model

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_Gaudi devoted ten years of his life to a "hanging chain" model made of weights on strings that would serve as an upside down version of the arched forms he sought. He traced the outline of the church he was designing on a wooden board (1:10 scale), which he then placed on the ceiling of a small house next to the work site. He hung cords from the points where columns were to be placed. Next he hung small sacks filled with pellets, weighing one ten-thousandth part of the weight the arches would have to support, from each catenaric arch formed by the cords.He photographed the resulting model from various angles, and the exact shape of the church's structure was obtained by turning them upside-down. The weights would reflect the mass of the building when it was completed. And those strings would take a certain shape or form, hanging in "pure tension." Then Gaudi would carefully measure it and photograph it from various angles and turn the photo upside down ,so that he could find exactly where the column should go so that the finished building would act in pure compression. _

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Comments (11)

cp_u on November 29, 2012

Unglaublich! LK
ciao, cp_u

Eva Lewitus on November 29, 2012

Vielen Dank cp_u
Ja, wirklich. Gaudi war ein Genie.
♥ Eva

Joan Crits on November 29, 2012

Verdad que es una maravilla? Laborioso, pero tan simple. Tan natural! ...el trazo del equilibrio congénito, el dibujado por las fuerzas de la naturaleza.

Eva Lewitus on November 29, 2012

Danke, Susi, Ja wenn du das genau studierst scheint es unglaublich dass Gaudi das gemacht hat, und danach gebaut hat.

Eva Lewitus on November 29, 2012

Sí Crit, es increíble que Gaudi en la época en la cual vivió, lo hizo.

Joan Crits on December 2, 2012

(Modestamente) ...tengo una que me gustaría enseñarte.

Eva Lewitus on December 2, 2012

Estoy feliz que me la mostraste. Las grúas lo hacen aún más interesante. GRACIAS

©polytropos on December 4, 2012

Um die Ideevon Gaudi zu verdeutlichen, sollte man das Bild eigentlich kopfüber zeigen :)
Ich habe das Modell damals auch ziemlich lange bestaunt.
Schön eingefangen!

Eva Lewitus on December 4, 2012

Ja,polytropos das war Gaudi´s Idee, er hat dieses Modell fotografiert und umgedreht. Nur um dieses Modell zu machen, scheint mir schon unglaublich.

Diane on December 23, 2012

Genius. L&F

Eva Lewitus on December 23, 2012

Thanks Diane. And, yes, absolutely. The more I read about Gaudi the more astonished I am.

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Photo taken in Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Centro Privado de Enseñanza Sagrada Familia

This photo was taken indoors

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  • Uploaded on November 29, 2012
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    by Eva Lewitus
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2008/07/21 05:12:32
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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