AAR friends – you might recognize some of these. I’ve produced several 3d prints directly from 3d scans, now available as full-color miniatures in my Shapeways shop. More on the way.
P.S. Any historical info on these particular objects would be greatly appreciated!
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.
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
Scaled Trajan’s column on a sunny day.
A set of little mementos for the AAR – a panorama series of the Academy, with location sounds and printable panorama cube cut-out-and-make-ables.
Porta San Sebastiano, a few inscriptions.
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.