Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Walking Heads?

The researchers found that the statue's fat belly produced a forward-falling center of gravity that facilitated vertical transport. A crew of as few as 18 people could use ropes to rock the statue back and forth, and forward. (In comparison, Van Tilburg's team used 60 pullers.) The vertical-transport trick worked with four rope-pullers on each side, plus 10 people to pull on the statue from behind, as if they were holding back a dog that was straining forward on a walk.
"It's really unnerving and beautiful, all at the same time," Hunt said.
Of course, a 90-ton statue is bigger than a 5-ton statue, but Hunt found that the technique was scalable. "With the physics of the taller statue, you have greater leverage," he told me. "It almost gets to the point where you would have to do it that way."

I don't know if I buy this or not.


  1. Balderdash, in all the pictures I’ve seen of the heads they are on side hills, not a flat level stretch like the demonstration.

    “They could immediately see that the statue would fall forward if the crane relaxed the tension on the line. Hunt said he and Lipo were just about to walk away in disgust when the crane operator slipped a 2-by-4 under the front edge of the statue and had it standing. "As soon as we saw this, Carl and I said, 'Of course! This makes perfect sense!"”

    Well duh… obviously Hunt and Lipo aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    1. I can move heavy things by myself but moving them vertically never struck me as particularly smart.

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    1. Yeah, but still, if you're thinking drunk chicks with a keg you aren't thinking science.