Laying Down The Marble Block

After the cutting is complete, a deflated airbag is inserted (blue arrows) between the marble block and the face of the mountain where it was cut. The air bag is then inflated, which pushes the block of marble away. Rocks and or other objects are placed in the gap that has been created to keep the block from coming back to it's original position. When the gap is large enough, hydraulic jacks are inserted and used to push the block even farther away.
The process continues until the block falls over on it's front side.
The block is now ready to be pushed away for more cutting to be done to it.
The air bag between the block and mountain face.
Using large pieces of marble to drop into the opening.
The fallen blocks, ready to be pushed away for more cutting.
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