Friday, June 17, 2005

Journey: Roof Strut

Roof Strut

This is a roof support at Frankfurt Main Railway Station.

I love this sort of metal work, it makes me think about a number of issues:

  • Who designed this - some giant embroiderer?

  • Why does it look like an upside down Eiffel Tower?
  • Who were the guys who built it, placed every rivet, risked their lives?


Have a great Friday!

23 Comments:

Blogger Kamakshi said...

good one ian! i've always wondered y a support has to have such a complicated design :) y not just a strong pillar? it looks beautiful though.

17/6/05 12:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love architectural studies, and this one is particularly interesting. Well done.

17/6/05 13:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this kind of metal designs, also the large electricity masts have such structures.

17/6/05 13:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot my name.

Holger

17/6/05 13:45  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

This photo does pose a lot of questions. I am wondering about those wheel-like structures in the strut corners? Are they decorative? Or are they functional -- maybe like giant springs that keep the whole roof, or building, under tension, so it doesn't collapse. I really like photos that pose questions!

17/6/05 13:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these industrial, intricate photos!

17/6/05 14:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you said it's part of eiffel tower i will beleive:-) i never been there..u can fool me.
I like the metal structure. great angle and the cross lines work nicely.

17/6/05 14:38  
Blogger Joel said...

I think about the engineer who drew all the design, with every little detail...

17/6/05 15:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like metal vegetation, I love the shapes.

17/6/05 15:32  
Blogger Potpourri said...

You are right, it does look like an upside down Eiffel Tower :) and it would've been so complicated to design and build it.. After all millions of people are going to walk under it without giving any thought to structure that is safeguarding them from rain/shine. They would happily chit-chat about their daily affairs, not bothering whether the structure is going to fall on them or crush them, wait for the train and move on.We all have some kind of an inherent confidence on an unknown guy,right? Be it a train driver, a pilot or engineer & construction contractors in this case. That is the respect we give to their skill and craftsmanship.

Nice shot and nice thought Ian :)

17/6/05 15:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting shot. Interesting questions. Who got the answers?
I did a quick search on Google and couldn't find the answers to your qustions.

17/6/05 15:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of some of Leonardo da Vinci's mechanical sketches--all those lovely, complex lines!

17/6/05 15:41  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

Hmm. Great questions to ponder.

17/6/05 17:08  
Blogger pk said...

At first look i did it was part of Eiffel Tower, untill i read the post. Great capture. And since u mention embroidery it reminds me of herringbone stitch :)

17/6/05 18:56  
Blogger Adventuring through Florida's WILD life! said...

Simply a beautiful piece of engineering, and consequently, a beautiful work of art. It's all in the tension and compression.

18/6/05 02:36  
Blogger cube said...

nice piece indeed. the art and engineering of such nature fascinate me as well. charming shot.

18/6/05 04:51  
Blogger jane said...

Railway stations often have some amazing enginering architecture. Manchester Piccadilly always fascinates me.

19/6/05 08:07  
Blogger Michael Salone said...

You know, it could have been designed by Gustav Eiffel or one of his underlings. He has a lot of famous buildings/structures here in Paris that many people do not know about.

19/6/05 08:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent find, and great writing. I think the exact things when I drive over the Golden Gate bridge. One of the most nagging questions in my head is "what were their qualifications?" They don't exactly hire rocket scientists to put these things together :)

20/6/05 15:02  
Blogger KMJ said...

"Who designed this - some giant embroiderer?"

This is the best description I have every heard about such metal work. Excellent!

P.S. I like the transition from the upside down Eiffel Tower to the real thing. Nice segue. :)

21/6/05 10:41  
Blogger Ezequiel Mesquita said...

I love those "heavy metal" pieces too, and wonder about the men that assembled it! Great shot, very interesting composition.

21/6/05 16:18  
Blogger Metallyptica said...

This is beautiful!

And the way you photographed it just gives a new life to the structure! :)

21/6/05 20:03  
Blogger Arto Alamaunu said...

I love these "hässäkkä" shots of yours... an eye you got!

23/6/05 19:06  

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