The making of the work_Part II
The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, vedutista, designer
The second Piranesi tripod in production at voxelstudios. Here is the Zbrush model being compared to the original etching.
The bronze cast tripod being compared to it's orginal etching.
The Helix tripod as seen in the exhibition
A rendering of the central section of the ornate coffeepot designed by Piranesi and included in “Diverse Maniere...”. This object clearly demonstrates Piranesi's interest in the growth and development of natural form and his interest in applying this form to his philosophy of design.
The finished nickel plated coffeepot before the final polishing
The nickel plated coffeepot
The vase being assembled
The Vase as seen in the exhibition
The final gilded chair
Factum Arte's team visited Santa Maria del Priorato in Rome to document the church's architecture and designs by Giambattista Piranesi. In addition to the realisation of the objects by Piranesi, a selection of these high resolution photographs is shown within the first section of the exhibition at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. The images have been produced as multi layered pigment prints. A selection of the photographs taken of Piranesi’s only realised architectural project will be made as a small edition.
For the exhibition The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, view-maker, designer (Le Arti di Piranesi: architetto, incisore, antiquario, vedutista, designer) Gregoire Dupond has created a virtual animation of the 16 etchings from the Carceri series. Working from the second state of each print, a complex 3D environment has been assembled creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the 'prisons of Piranesi's imagination'. The exhibition reveals how he managed to escape from the prison and turn his interest in the antique into a rich source material for his own sense of design and architecture.
The opening room of the exhibition contains a structure designed by Michele De Lucchi that houses 2 screens showing this twelve minute animation continuously.
Above, the 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione series made by Gregoire Dupond at Factum Arte specifically for the exhibition. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind. A CD containing both high resolution reproductions of the prints and the complete video will de released soon.