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Gaudi´s hanging model

_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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Lima, Peru

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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
    • No flash