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Re: Sculpture support problem

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I am assuming that you are serious.  With a lot of "engineer jokes"
floating around, one cannot be over-cautious.

If it is possible, create some sort of a container inside the sclupture,
right above the leg that will be on ground, and fill it up with lead
shots.  This will shift the center of mass towards the part of the body
that is in contact with terra firma.

I assume that the sculpture will be set on grade or on a pedestal.
Either way, have a structural engineer design a concrete or a steel leg
on concrete support with the leg of the beast buried into concrete or
anchored to steel.  If you coose the former, the leg of the beast will
require an extension.


John Schwarz wrote:
> I'm a long time 'listener', first time 'caller'.
> I have a client who was commissioned to produce a bronze sculpture of a running horse.  The man forging the beast has had some previous experience with sculptures and was planning to 'design' the supports himself.  However, when the artist/sculptor was finished, the fabricator was no longer comfortable with the responsibility of providing/designing the support.  This is because the RUNNING horse has only one hoof on the ground (accompanying leg at about 40 degree angle with the ground) and the o
> <Enter structural engineer>.  The fabricator would like me to be able to get a 1" diameter rod (stainless steel?) to work because it would fit nicely inside the joints of the legs.  As you can probably imagine, a 1" dia rod isn't working.  I have determined through a 3d model that I'm going to need the equivalent of about 2 1/2" in solid diameter to work.  I could utilize the bronze leg shells but they, in conjunction with the 1" rod still don't cut it.  I am at a loss.
> I wonder if any of you have either had similar experience or have some advice.
> Thanks in advance,
> John