On our third day in Florence, we went to visit the famous Duomo and climb up through the do e to the top. The views from this dome were well with the climb. We snaked through very tiny portals to get there. We witnessed the famous fish bone brick pattern. It is unbelievable how this structure is supported. The interior of the dome is heavily decorated with murals of hell and heaven. Graphic views of hell are shown and depict a very gruesome demise. I a also climbed the campanile. From there you can see dynamic views of the dome. I edited a photo using the dynamic views of the tower. This was intended to convey the grandeur of this church’s facade against the stormy sky.
After the Duomo, we all separated and I ended up in the Central Market which is basically a food mall and sketched various joints in the space. There was a very interesting installation that looked like it provided some structural support but it made no logical sense, so I sketched one of its many interesting connections. The space overall felt like it used to be an old train station with old ivy style iron work. The space had many interesting joint moments.
On our last day in Florence we didn’t actually spend it in Florence. We took day trips to Siena and San Gimignano respectively. Siena has a very interesting square that had a lot of people and was wrapped in a messy array of facades. In this watercolor I tried to capture that native messiness whilst adding geometric order.
This sketch was in San Gimignano and was my attempt to show how the facade had been adapted on this particular building over time. This effect also resulted in various textures on the facade.