In the course of working on the drawings in the Anastylosis Project, as well as other projects, I typically make dozens of supporting drawings. Some are studies through which I work out the problems I need to solve. Others are details from the buildings I found intriguing. And still others are simply ideas that captured my attention as stand-alone drawings.
As I’ve traveled through the Mediterranean world working on the Anastylosis Project, I’ve found mosaics almost everywhere. Created over thousands of years in Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Sicily, and Malta, these intricate works sometimes tell stories, sometimes are “merely” decorative patterns, and sometimes have been the floors over which people have walked for centuries. In many places, these beautiful works have been lost or buried, only recently rediscovered. They are endlessly fascinating.