Structural Analysis of La Giralda's 16th-Century Sculpture/Weather Vane

  title={Structural Analysis of La Giralda's 16th-Century Sculpture/Weather Vane},
  author={Mario Sol{\'i}s and J. Dom{\'i}nguez and Lorenzo P{\'e}rez},
  journal={International Journal of Architectural Heritage},
  pages={147 - 171}
This article presents an analysis of the mechanical behavior of a historical sculpture known as El Giraldillo, which, in addition to its ornamental qualities, also functions as a weather vane. The 4-meter-high bronze sculpture has crowned La Giralda, the bell tower of the cathedral of Seville, since 1568. The mechanical behavior of the sculpture/structure must clearly be analyzed before undertaking its restoration to guarantee that it is capable of withstanding the mechanical actions to which… 
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