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2008, Dec– / Stonemasonry

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This is a spheric lunette placed over a Vis de Saint-Giles. The Vis de Saint-Giles was described for the first time in Villard de Honnecourt’s early treatise on construction and stonemasonry (around 1230), and it is one of the most complicated, challenging shapes that the Gothic stonemasons were able to build. It can be described as a barrel vault curled over a helix rail, and it was used in large helical stairs, whenever the span was too big for stone lintels. Subsequent treatises described even crazier shapes: if we are able to open a lunette over a regular barrel vault, why not over a Vis de Saint-Giles? Obviously, that kind of shape has been built very rarely. Here is my attempt carved in plaster blocks.
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