Size: 6ft x 1.5 ft / 72 x 18 inches / 183 x 76 cm
500 years ago, in Renaissance Italy, there was much talk of “Ideal Cities” the main purpose being beauty, functionality, minimizing pollution, becoming removal of diseases and effectively a more cleaner and holistic city. Centuries ahead of his time, Leonardo Vinci is considered a pioneer of modern urban architecture. His idea… Cities that were built upwards instead of outwards, integrated with nature (especially water systems) and efficient transport infrastructure… this would make modern more efficient and sustainable.
Have we though misconstrued the master’s own legacy?
Vinci advocated building upwards and today we have buildings which are sky high - we have created beautiful skylines across the world. Though did Vinci that we would reclaim land from the oceans? Destroy the Fauna of the cities? Loose the very essence of his creative thought process which was to make, eco-friendly, safer, beautiful, hygienic, pollution free cities.
The by Nanda Khiara here explores the misconstrued Vinci’s legacy on the ideal City - his idea to create a holistic, plague free, pollution free city designs and ideas have today resulted in us building cities with beautiful but not necessarily the ideal city, hence defeating the original purpose of his plan…. The series’ title A Misconstrued Legacy has seven paintings: Ocean; Energy; Fauna; Passion; Galaxy; Spirituality; and Essene. Each painting explores the way our world is affected by global ecosystem disasters. Vinci’s arches on the left side as time has progressed, the architecture of the cities has become higher. We have today cities designed in all of abstract shapes, sizes, and the creation of the skyline is driven by corporate interests rather than a universal global image of what is needed for the future generation… we have shaken up the natural which Vinci designed for urban cities thoughts were to get rid of plague and create cleaner cities., whereas today we have pollution ridden cities, with global warming… exploding in every part of the world… so yes, we have misconstrued The Masters Own Legacy….