Sunday, October 25, 2009

Doors and Windows

max ernst doors paul eluard
Max Ernst, 1923.
Painted doors from Paul Éluard's house in Eaubonne

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window sliding board slideA siege tower was a specialized siege engine, constructed to protect assailants and ladders while approaching the defensive walls of a fortification. The user, typically a child, climbed the ladder to the top, sat down, and then slid to the bottom. Those trapped inside the fortification would witness this act and long to participate. The siege tower would then drop a gangplank between it and the wall, ensuring an easy slide. Professional siege towers were covered or enclosed by a sheath of plastic. This allowed slide participants to have more privacy and security when sliding.

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