Thursday, 23 June 2011
a balanced inter-est_Νίκη
As can be seen, only a small part at the back of the long block forming the forepart of the keel rests on the pedestal, yet it remains stable and even bears the weight of the upper blocks. How is this possible? When the statue is fixed into position in the cavity, its center of gravity is directly over the short back part, weighing down on it with 2.5 to 3 metric tons of marble. This holds the front of the prow up in the air. This complex system was designed to give the stone keel the natural appearance and dynamic forward thrust of a genuine wooden ship. The statue thus played an essential role in maintaining the balance of the work as a whole. It could not be shifted without the entire front of the ship collapsing.