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.
The two halves of the Styrofoam are glued together. Clamps hold the Styrofoam in place until the adhesive sets up.
More pieces of Styrofoam in the rough shapes of mushrooms are glued on to original Styrofoam and carved in place.
This images shows the final detail carved into the Styrofoam. The buttress is ready to cover with cement.
The first layer of cement is applied over the Styrofoam.
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.
The buttresses were installed in the ground and attached to the upright pillars of the arch.
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