Category Archives: architecture

New 3D prints available at Shapeways: 6″ Boar Carriers, 6″ Inscription, Umbrella Pines Panorama Sphere

Three new, full-color 3D prints available at Shapeways:  6″ version of the Boar Carriers frieze, ready to hang on a wall; 6″ version of the P. Cornelius Synistor inscription, also ready to hang;  2″ panoramic photo-sphere of the umbrella pines in Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome. The “Sandstone” material gives them an authentic, stone-like feel.
boarCarriers6inchFull synistor6inchFull pamphiliSphere2inchHand pamphiliSphere2inchFull

175 Rome Churches (animation)

175 Rome Churches sequence – online version and documentation. Includes a list and interactive map of all the churches.

During a period of 11 months I walked and explored the city, visiting, documenting, and researching 175 churches from paleochristian to baroque. I was drawn to the inherent desire in classic church architecture – the focus, symmetry, and implied movement. Over time I found that I was making the same photograph in each space – aligning myself to the center axis, focusing on the apse of the church.

All churches are thinly present throughout the sequence. As the animation progresses each image becomes more opaque and then recedes into the mix.

An earlier version of the sequence, 129 Rome Churches, was presented 30 May 2012 at the American Academy in Rome during the School of Fine Arts Concert. It was shown as a visual complement to Lei Liang’s In Praise of Shadows (2005), a piece for solo flute.

A few more Rome 3D scans

Bernini’s Elephant in front of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Constantine’s head at the Capitoline Museum

A tiny Faun relief on the wall underneath Santa Maria Maggiore – rendered with a bit of flickering-light drama…

The Apotheosis of Titus on the Arch of Titus

Crossing the Milvian Bridge

Borromini Crypt - window into crypt from stairs

San Giovanni Fiorentini – Borromini Crypt and the Magdelene’s Foot.

Returned to San Giovanni Fiorentini, as we were unable to visit the Falconieri crypt on our Borromini walk a couple weeks ago. It’s Borromini’s last work before he took his own life in 1667.

I went directly to the altar and found the somewhat secretive stairs, but no lights were on and I wondered if it was actually open.  After wandering around for a few minutes looking for some church official, suddenly a squat, older priest in full garb came out of the sacristy area and began speaking with the flower-tender. And then I noticed he was carrying the silver reliquary of Mary Magdelene’s foot. “One of only three known,” as Corey stated on our tour. He was carrying it casually like a shoebox of notes. I hesitated approaching him, but I really wanted in to that crypt, so I just went up to him and the foot and asked. He immediately said “si, si,” and gestured me to follow him back to the altar, where he hit the right light switch with his free hand and directed me down the stairs, the other arm still cradling the foot with its little peep-window into Mary’s piede.