= The Crawford Arts Review

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Photograph by Alastair Phillip Wiper, 2012,
with thanks to RIBA

This is the Mont-Louis Solar Furnace at Odeillo, Eastern Pyrenees. I am at a loss how to describe it actually. So beautiful. So functional. 
      Its designer is the French engineer FĂ©lix Trombe. He built it out of 9600 mirrors, placing them so that the sun's energy focused onto a platform about the size of a frying pan.
      Temperatures could reach 3,500 degrees C, allowing scientists and fellow engineers to use it as a materials testing lab.

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