I am reading this story on artist Ugo Rondinone's sculpture in the Nevada desert (Building an Artist’s ‘Magic Mountains’ to Draw Visitors to the Desert) and simply wondering (as an artist myself): how did they make those columns stay up?
I didn't see any information on dimensions but from the photo with the artist below, one might guess that these columns are abut 25 feet high?
Assuming there is a solid concrete footing for the columns to stand on and some preparation of the "joints" between the stones:
- Is the weight of the stones enough to keep them stacked and resistant to wind and weather (as such weather as there might be in the desert)?
- Is it likely that the stones are drilled to incorporate some steel armature?
I understand that the stones could just be balanced, but given that this is a funded and likely insured project, I find that hard to believe likely.