Capturing a moment that’s more than a little Schrödinger’s cat in nature, this photo sequence shows the twelve-second destruction of a chimney at the Henniger brewery in Frankfurt, brought down in a choking cloud of red dust.
The apparent elegance of the operation is misleading – ensuring a successful demolition takes more than lacing the interior of a structure with explosives. Breaking points must be calculated with absolute precision to bring the building down into its own footprint – (Transverse Shear Stress, Longitudinal Stress Force and The Bending Moment are the impressive roll-call of forces which act upon falling chimneys) – after which the rest is in the hands of gravity.
Such is the resilience of most types of fired brick that demolitions are hardly ever down to any deterioration of the bricks themselves, which can commonly be recovered and recycled afterwards, finding new purpose elsewhere. Until demolition day rolls around again… I (fs)