Renaissance Death Star?

Cool stuff from the desktop of my friend and colleague, sculptor Cavan Convery today.

Cavan has been building this fascinating paper model from the designs of Venetian Renaissance genius Daniele Barbaro. It’s being made as part of a short video I’m making for Laura Moretti about her success in developing an exciting book exhibition following her work on this pioneering figure.

OK, it’s not a ‘death star’ but one of Barbaro’s many explorations of how to realise three dimensional forms.  And the finished model will be about 23cm (9″) in diameter, rather than something south of 150km.  But still, it is real, and it is a physical realisation of a design made about four-hundred-and-fifty years ago – as far as I know it may be the first – and, to my eyes at least, a thing of beauty!

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