Fluting (architecture)

Fluting (architecture)

Fluting in architecture refers to the shallow grooves running vertically along a surface.

It typically refers to the grooves running on a column shaft or a pilaster, but need not necessarily be restricted to those two applications. If the hollowing out of material meets in a point, the point is called an Arris.

If the lower half of the hollowed-out grooves appear to have been re-filled with a cylindrical element, it may be referred to as "Cabled Fluting." ["Fluting." "Dictionary of Architecture & Landscape Architecture." John Fleming, Hugh Honour, and Nikolaus Pevsner. 5th ed. (London: Penguin, 1999).]


External links

* [http://www.pitt.edu/~medart/menuglossary/fluting.htm University of Pittsburgh] - "fluting" from the Medieval Art and Architecture glossary

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