During the 15th century, patrons and wealthy businessmen in Florence changed what they wanted from artists. Instead of merely satisfying some religious deed for the church- through reliquaries, murals, and sculpture dedicated to God and testaments of the Bible, these patrons, such as the Medici, wanted artists to decorate the city of their business. Florence for this reason grew. The architecture and are though is all in relationship to the church- which is a centralizing factor in all life during the Renaissance. Spirituality has thus conducted the pattern of creation in the urban landscape.
While expressing their power and money, Patrons adorned Florence through worshiping Christ: by commissioning architects to design palaces and churches such as the massive duomo on the Santa Maria del Fiore by Filippo Brunelleschi. Or bronze sculptures mimicking antiquity such as the scenes from the old testament on the Gates of Paradise in the Baptistry of Florence- made by Lorenzo Ghiberti(fig 7, 8). These jobs were more than adornments of religious ritual, they were personal explorations of craft, innovations of creative design, and monumental achievements of Western civilization.
Brunelleschi’s Dome dome atop the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is an engineering revelation for its time. At the site everyday he was trying to understand how to construct the dome when they were unable to have any scaffold. His idea was to interlock the bricks in a rising herringbone pattern.
Being creators, we have the ultimate opportunity. By using figuration and mapping, these images correlate with different aspects of my creative goals. Right now, I focus on my encounters in the city and on my memories from the wilderness. The environment we inhabit shapes our character. Moving from one place to another, we use our ultimate ability as human beings to adapt. Every movement in a place has the power to activate a city, stepping through pathways from one monument to another, drawing a directional from focal points in a landscape we find our way to a destination – if you have one- for many times I do not. Here in a city we trace the steps of strangers and overlay new memories. Our lives build a dense storyline within the place- the stage we constructed for ourselves. These experiences define a place just as well as its physical characteristics. Architects, designers, urban planners, and artists shape forms in a precise way. Sensation is the root function of reason. The objects around our everyday lives have immense power. I am now investigating the interaction between us and the built environment, as well as the impact nature has on what we build. Nature is always reasserting itself. It rejects architectural intervention and adapts, being forced to live coherently with it. Although cities are within nature, they are within human nature, which is now something extremely complex. Our mark on the earth is a very bold one that is malleable by drastic means of change.