Upside Dome - Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Posted Monday, October 25, 2010 by SixSevenEightNine in Labels:

Creating a simple, elegant installation amidst the fanciful ornamentations in a baroque church is no mean feat, much less in one of the most prestigious ones. Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, however, managed to accomplish this and more. Set in St Michiel Church in Leuven, the duo make use of the fact that the church lacks a dome to create an 'upside dome' inside the church's nave.

Comprising a few hundred meters of chain, the suspended dome is constructed using the technique of the caternary or funicular, a method used to calculate the forces in an arch (most famously used by Gaudi in constructing the Sagrada Familia). Here, the chains forms both literally and figuratively the counterpart of the unfinished dome, simultaneously modelling its structure and its full-size model.

You can watch the building process

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