Monday, December 31, 2007

Manic Monday - key

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Mo's word for Manic Monday is KEY

After some thought, I came up with the word KEYSTONE. curves under. A KEYSTONE is the architectural piece at the summit of a vault or arch, regarded as holding the other pieces in place.

This diagram shows how the KEYSTONE helps hold up the sections of the arch. The keystone is also called the Keystone Boss.

You can see how the KEYSTONE curves under the arch.
Very often the KEYSTONE was sculpted or decorated.

Female face carved in the KEYSTONE is complemented on the opposite left by male face (Charles Goodyear House)


Vault KEYSTONE in the church of the Virgin Mary in Chełmno, Poland

This KEYSTONE and arch is used to decorate a mail box.


This is called an S KEYSTONE.

KEYSTONES along the Grand Canal, Venice Italy.


KEYSTONE can also refer to "keystone sack" which is baseball slang for second base.

And then there's always the KEYSTONE KOPS.



theteach

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18 comments:

Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys! said...

Hey great KEY LINK! Come on by and see if you can find the KEY to my blog!

DEB

http://palfomine.wordpress.com

Ian Thomas Healy said...

I've always loved architecture. Must be one reason I'm always building stuff with LEGO bricks. :)

Happy MM!

Ian

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Excellent use of the word key. Very beautiful keystones are as well. Have a great MM and a very Happy New Year. :)

tegdirb92 said...

We had similar ideas for this week's theme with the keystone--I did PA, The KEYSTONE state. Great job!! Have a wonderful new year!

Sarge Charlie said...

this is a very creative post

Anonymous said...

And I thought they were just decoration.

Gattina said...

Very interesting and beautiful pictures ! I have never heard of that or didn't pay attention.
Happy New Year !

Mimi Lenox said...

Very informative. Love the pics!

Roger said...

Those are some awesome keystones Teach! Happy New Year to you! I hope 08 is good to you :D

Sandy Carlson said...

These are wonderful photos of that little wedge that holds it all together!

Happy New Year, Mary!

the teach said...

Thanks roger and Sandy! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

Stunning photos and a neat metaphor!

BeccaGirl said...

I've come to see your Give Me Five post but there isn't one here. Are you still working on it?

Travis said...

Instructive and informative. And some pretty nice photos too.

Happy MM and best wishes for a great 2008!

Joker said...

Happy New Year!!!

crazy working mom said...

Oh wow! That is way cool. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year.

the teach said...

Thanks for commenting Nancy, Joker, Tisha! Happy New Year!

the teach said...

Travis, thanks for commenting. The next one I do will be a little less instructive :( and serious...