Foro Romano | Ben Cowd

Foro Romano Ben Cowd | Rome, Italy
Laser-cut paper
“Inspired by cosmic diagrams of ancient civilizations, the project focuses on the theme of cosmology and sacred space. Mapping the paths and cycles of the sun and stars; the contoured surfaces can be read as astronomical clocks and calendars: steps representing days and months, stones representing minutes and lines attributed to seconds. The cartography of these studies is generated by a series of recessed laser-cut drawings and models. The final proposal of a public observatory and ticket office, placed in the complex historical context of the Foro Romano, interprets the formal intricacy, density and diversity of patterns found among the ruins.”