Another aeroplane wing hinge (and a helicopter tail hinge), more modern than yesterday’s selection. Again, wonderful hidden worlds within the wings.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
An assortment of wing hinges on carrier aeroplanes, (so as to store them closer together and keep lift dimensions from getting too large). From the simple fold above to some single pivot inclined hinges that sweep the wing close to the ground and then to line up alongside the fuselage as a near vertical plane. In each case the folded wing reveals its intricate section.
More Geometric Models
Some Geometrical models an a drawer in the Musée des Arts et Métiers’s reserve collection.
Normal procedure for viewing the stereoscopic pairs
I am showing this rather elegant gramaphone from the Musée des Arts et Métiers as a rather weak link to the otherwise unconnected Cabosanroque website
also in the links on the right. I had an email form Roger Aixut who some of you might remember from London in the late nineties. With his colleagues in the group they build and perform with these inventive instruments. Check them out.
Here is the Hippo Group from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. I am afraid I do not have any details of those involved. Usual process for registering the stereoscopic view – if you are having difficulty finding t make it smaller and move your head side to side slightly until the images sit horizontally in your view.
This plaster bust is part of a didactic display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris explaining the process of translating a clay sculpture into the final material (marble, for instance), with the plaster shown here as an intermediate step.
The graphite registrations reveal moments in the surface that are valued by the sculptor as reference for the finished piece. In Canova’s plasters he inserts small metal pegs to perform the same role. While some of the registrations mark extremities, many are chosen more critically to reveal a particular sensibility of surface.
A detail of a large scale model of a mosquito at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It is the only one on show, but I understand it was part of a series showing the insect’s development. The model is beautifully made, with a visceral quality that escapes most architectural models.
Theatrical Urban Fold
Following the theatrical theme from the previous post, here are a couple of pictures taken in Bedfordbury, behind St. Martins Lane, of the stage door to the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. As with a number of London theatres the tightness of the site means that loading bays for scenery reveal the stage directly to the street, circumnavigating the elaborate and extended progression the audience normally encounters on their way to the auditorium. The tall thin doors of the Cambridge Theatre provide a similarly abrupt connection, as did the old arrangement at the Royal Opera House. It is always a great pleasure to find one of these doors open.
Paris Opera Library
One of the many pleasures to be found in the Garnier Opera in Paris is the library, which contains scores, choreography, no doubt catalogues of costumes and, as seen here, drawers containing models of sets that can be installed in a series of model theatres, so that the sequence of scenes in a performance can be laid out, either in advance of making the sets or with sets that already exist. Some of the model sets also reveal the multiple distortions of perspective to give the illusion of greater depth than there is on the stage while at the same time not making the actors appear to grow as they move towards the rear of the stage. You might need to make the images below smaller to resolve the stereo image.
As with the dioramas, the stereoscopic photography reveals the difference between the material and pictorial space in the illusory construction.
For advice on resolving the images, go back two or three posts.