At right I am looking at a model to implement building cathedral spires. Antoni Gaudi built such models of spires with string and weights.
He thought that if he built a cathedral with a spire just as it appears in the mirror below the model, it would be stable.1
This innovation shows engineering spirit behind Gaudi’s architectural façade.
Antoni Gaudi is Dead, But…
[The] Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) is pictured below-left. It was designed by Gaudi and shows such spires. It is in Barcelona, Spain, as are many other Gaudi architectural constructions.
The front of the building shows scenes of Jesus’ birth, and the back shows scenes of his death. Gaudi is dead, and the cathedral remains unfinished.
I don’t think I would be comfortable living in one of Gaudi’s homes. They are too strange. But it was very rewarding to make a pilgrimage to Barcelona to see his masterpieces.
1 This concept of the string being pulled by gravity to create a structure caught my attention. Imagine reversing the gravity on a rigid structure shaped exactly like this flexible structure, upside down. – Editor.
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