Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Finial on the Pavilion

We have our friend Lee Cowan to thank for today's pictures.  
He wanted to make sure we all saw the new finial on the pavilion.
Lee likes to sleuth as much as I do.
What a beautiful peek he got inside!
I have been told that marble from the workshop at the south end is throughout the interior.
I marveled at this beautiful, curved piece.
Look closely.  Marble lines the stairs in the tower entrances.
What a great peek inside!
This stairway leads from a lower instruction room to the second level.
Lee found more flowers blooming on the grounds.
Sod is being placed along University Avenue.
He checked on the sidewalk progress heading south.
The west grounds have been planted with shrubs.
Lee and his father, Dr. Richard Cowan, have written a book about Provo's two temples.
It's currently at the publisher's.
Thanks, Lee!


Mar C said...

I have read there are two sizes of Moroni statues for temples around the world. When I drive by the temple it looks like they chose the bigger size for our small tabernacle. Everything looks beautiful, but the statue looks a bit too big. I guess I'll get used to it.

Julie Markham said...

There are a variety of different Moroni statues. Here is a good link: I happen to think this Moroni looks appropriate.

Easy_Going_Dad said...

That radius stone base molding just astounds me. How are they achieving that? How do you bend stone? Are they glueing up wedges of stone side by side, then sanding out the joints to give it a continuous curve, or are these round moldings chiseled out of solid blocks like a sculpture or a statue would be? The latter would ensure a seamless look, but would yield horrible waste. The former would be much better for waste, but would have seams that would take great skill to hide, going through piece by piece until a good neighboring pair looked good together. Either way, it's amazing what they're achieving!

Julie Markham said...

I zoomed in on the photo Lee sent me. I think they are gluing wedges side by side.

Unknown said...

They use a contouring machine that just moves the cutting bled at the exact angle. Another thing that's easy for modern masons that would be near miracle for our pioneer forefathers

Shawn said...

They have long piece of stone that are somewhat rhomboid that they slice up in sections to ensure good match between pieces, glue them back together and some grinding and polishing they look really good.