October 17, 2011
The ‘Melting Vitruvian Man’. All photos: Greenpeace
Geometry is tied to the history and development of Western architecture, and nowhere is this most evident than in da Vinci’s depiction of the Vitruvian man. This iconic, though, by now, conventional illustration, an ideal male figure inscribed within geometric proportions of cosmic origin, forever married notions of geometric exactitude and mathematical harmony with the human body and space, as mediated through architectural constructions. Thus, the Vitruvian man exists on an intellectual plane that is at once both entirely removed from nature and attuned to the order which governs natural expression and form. It’s this paradox that charges artist John Quigley‘s new work, a monumental graphic depicting da Vinci’s figure etched on a rapidly melting ice formation some 500 miles in the Arctic interior. More after the break!