Aurèlia Muñoz, after Antoni Gaudí Study of a catenary arch for the Gaudí crypt at Colonia Güell 1996

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 North The Philip Johnson Galleries

This model of a catenary arch system mimics one made by the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí for the Cripta Gaudí at Colonia Güell, a textile mill and organized living community outside Barcelona. Muñoz has inverted and drawn the operation of force lines that determine the structure of a dome using finely adjusted strings and loom weights. A product of her lifelong fascination with Gaudí, this model pays homage to Muñoz’s work in fiber, a monumental example of which is on view nearby.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020
Medium
String and metal
Dimensions
20 7/8 × 14 3/16 × 14 3/16" (53 × 36 × 36 cm)
Credit
Committee on Architecture and Design Funds
Object number
841.2018
Department
Architecture and Design

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