Keeping it all together

I wonder what would happen if the horizontal bars wouldn’t be there… Would the whole building collapse ?
Are those bars keeping it all together ? Or are they just there for the looks ?

Sorry for not being able to visit your photoblogs, it has been a rather hectic week…

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 30D
  • Focal length: 53mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s