[Tagging] historic tagging, obelisks

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 13:58:44 GMT 2011


2011/2/1 Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:11 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
> <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> To tag obelisks I suggest
>> man_made=obelisk
>> an alternative could be
>> historic=obelisk
>
> Definitely historic=obelisk, I think. It doesn't really matter if it's
> *old*, it's still *historical*.


not all of them. A Las Vegas Obelisk is hardly to be called "historical".


> (But also consider what the distinction between this and pillars,
> columns etc might be)


usually you can already see this from the name (I will mainly tag
egyptian ones, so there will be no doubt). For columns I'd say that an
obelisk usually has 4 sides, while a column is round. I can't tell you
what a pillar is (wikipedia says it's a column), my first guesses were
that they stand for piers or pilasters, but they seem to be a kind of
column. An obelisk definitely has to be open above (not load bearing),
and probably not carrying a statue or something other then a "crest"
(not sure if this is the right term, it should mean vertical end,
probably ornamental / decorative). Of course these are later
additions, and egyptian originals simply ended in a point directed
towards the sky.

cheers,
Martin



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