Mount Corcovado, Rio, Brasil
Structure interns front view
Silva Costa asks the engineer Albert Caquot to create the internal structure of the monument. Caquot is a famous engineer for bridges, dams, airships and power plants.
An intermediate model of 2m40 is preserved in a French church to which Paul Landowski gave it in 1926 at the request of his friend Monestes architect of the church.
This model will be increased with 4m to be sent to Brazil.
The Christ experiment leads PL to establish a principle: “More one grows a statue, more it is necessary to reduce the head. The proportion 7 heads ½, good for the life size must be 8 per two meters, 9 per two meters fifty, and my Christ of Rio counts at least 12 heads. Otherwise, the figure appears short.”
Head and hands in the workshop of Boulogne
Head and hands were made in magnitude to Paris. Then they were covered with soapstone triangles (soapstone) sewn onto the fabric, which constitute the skin. This stone has the property of hardening in air. PL did conduct tests in Boulogne, in the famous mosaic Gentil and Bourdet Factory.
Exposition made by the Association des Amis du musée Paul Landowski and the Landowski Family. Thnks to them.
To find out more: Paul Landowski