Dubrovnik, Sedona and the Grand Canyon Abstractions


Like many other people, I’m keenly interested in a relationship between nature and architecture because these two are uniquely intertwined since humankind began building its first pyramids nine thousand years ago, demonstrating in their forms human imagination, spiritual depth, knowledge of mathematics, power and the vital importance of nature that was surrounding these extraordinary structures. Ever since, many architectural styles and epochs have been marking human capacity to discover and re-discover in their perspectives broad artistic, scientific and humanistic visions and horizons. One of these epochs is the Renaissance (13 Ct - 16 Ct.), the most glorious historical period in the modern Western civilization. It started in Italy and it quickly spread all over southern Europe its new ways of understanding the world and bringing in, among other things, classical Greek influence to bear on the Renaissance architecture. The sacred geometry and a rational basis were the keys to the building of the ideal Renaissance cities. Cloisters, churches, fortresses, palaces, public squares and the cathedrals with octagonal ribbed domes, were built of stone and marble. One of these mesmerizing Renaissance cities is Dubrovnik in my native Croatia. Situated on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea, right across from Italy, Dubrovnik’s high City Walls, built in the 15th century, rocky harbor, forts, churches, cloisters, fountains, schools, palaces and cobble stone streets, ideally blend into the landscape of the sea, sky and hills, defining human presence as creative and environmentally conscious. In 2003, I visited the Grand Canyon and Sedona Red Rock State Park. Both places left me breathless. I was loudly touched by the power of nature’s uniqueness, which promptly reminded me of Dubrovnik, a man-made piece of work. All three sites, made of stone and surrounded by water and immensely wide spaces, prompted me to fuse their beauty, originality and power in my photography.

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