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Making a pulley system for the giant mobiles in Emmanuel Church

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I used to just get up in the ceiling, then drop a series of lines to a person on the floor, who would tie them onto the mobile pieces, but that has become too unwieldy, with the mobiles having to come up and down, and me wanting to try out new ones…

The new pulley system goes in four lines through gratings in the ceiling of the sanctuary (the red is pew cushions)


at a crossing in a catwalk more or less central. The lines go up through a pulley or two to go above the head on anybody on the crosswalk.


then down again along the side of the catwalk. The height of the ceiling is about 60′; the catwalk is about 80′ long.


At the end of the catwalk, they turn a corner


to go along a slanted ladder, which leads to a trapdoor, where they turn again, and go down.


The open trapdoor, where I spent hours untangling string. I mentioned 60′ high, right?



The view from the ladder.


Don’t worry, I wore safety equipment!


The four main lines are each about 200′ long, with pull-down lines about 100′ long.  It’s the biggest contraption I’ve ever built, and nobody can see it.  Maybe I’ll do some giant marionettes.



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