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Self-Healing Sculpture

Zack Jacobson-Weaver is the Materials Fabrication Studio Coordinator at A&D.

 This bronze statue known as "The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro" is about 4500 years old.  Bronze has been used in sculpture for it's balance of  workability and durability.  Workability being relative.  Today we can cast a full size human figure in bronze in a matter of months.  It is known that bronze statues from antiquity (on a LARGE scale) took as many as  25 YEARS  to complete.  That's like a 124-credit class or something.  

HOWEVER, students from TU Delft ( http://www.tudelft.nl/ ) in the Design/Engineering program may have beaten bronze with concrete!  Yea, concrete, the stuff that rips the tie-rods out of your car while bouncing through potholes in (ahem....sorry Mr. Steve) some place like Detroit.  How is that possible?  Self-healing concrete, duh!  Self-Healing sculpture: that's what I'm talkin' about.

 

 
Sounds like all of us will be outlived by bacteria!  All of us except for one man: Senator Robert C. Byrd of the best state ever, West Virginia!  Senator Byrd, who was given Abe Lincoln's hat...by ABE LINCOLN, is 146 years old this month and still kickin' A!
Change?!  Not this year Mr. President.


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