Mushroom Arch – Constructing the Buttresses: Part 5

The buttresses were built in 2010. While waiting for information on how to move forward with the cement that appears to be setting up too fast, I came across images showing the construction of the buttresses. I have put several images up on this post with the hope that it will further illustrate the construction process. Please note that the images are of different sides of the two buttresses.

A groove is carved into the two halves of the Styrofoam so that the two halves of the foam will fit around  the steel armature seen on the left. The lower part of the armature is incased in cement in order to be installed in the ground.

Photo of Two halves of the Styrofoam carved to fit around the steel armature.

Two halves of the Styrofoam are carved to fit around the steel armature.

The two halves of the Styrofoam are glued together. Clamps hold the Styrofoam in place until the adhesive sets up.

Image showing Styrofoam clamped together while adhesive hardens.

The Styrofoam is clamped together while adhesive hardens.

More pieces of Styrofoam  in the rough shapes of mushrooms are glued  on to  original Styrofoam and carved in place.

Image showing rough carving of Styrofoam

Rough carving of Styrofoam

This images shows the final detail carved into the Styrofoam. The buttress is ready to cover with cement.

Image showing Styrofoam  completely carved and ready to be covered with cement.

The carving of the Styrofoam is completed and ready to be covered with cement.

The first layer of cement is applied over the Styrofoam.

Image showing buttress with the first coating of cement

Buttress with the first coating of cement.

A second layer of cement is applied with different colors to differentiate between the gills and the caps of the mushrooms.The detail on the gills  is carved into the cement.

Image showing detail of buttress with the second coating of cement.

Detail of buttress with the second coating of cement.

The buttresses were installed in the ground and attached to the upright pillars of the arch.

Images showing completed buttress (from previous post) in place on the  Mushroom arch.

Completed buttress (image from previous post) in place on the Mushroom arch.

SPECIAL NOTE;

While the saga of the Mushroom Wedding Arch continues you might like to visit my new and second blog at  http://tenabraecafe.wordpress.com/  Sign up at the Tenabrae Cafe for a notice of new postings. Looking forward to also meeting with you there.

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Posted on August 8, 2013, in Psi Keep Center for the Arts, Sculptures, Uncategorized, Unforeseen Events and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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