Installation Proposal while at the American Academy in Rome
Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio
A building that I became fascinated with while in Rome is Bramante’s lovely Tempietto, a building for which I had previously only seen drawings of in my architectural history class from 30 years before. What most interests me about this building is that Bramante’s original conception for the project involved a circular cloister rather than the rectangular one that it sits in today. Had the circular cloister been implemented, I feel that the spatial and formal relationship of the Tempietto to the surrounding cloister would have been a radically different experience.
I proposed a temporary installation within the second cloister of the Spanish Academy that would re-construct, using painted monofilament fishing line, a scaled down version of the tempietto within a circular cloister. My idea was to tie clear monofilament fishing line horizontally between all of the columns of the second cloister, and then suspend vertical painted monofilament below to create a ghostlike image of the tempietto and surrounding circular cloister.