Monday, 2 July 2018

My teabag art for today is The Leaning Tower of Pisa

My teabag art for today - The Leaning Tower of Pisa.  It really is quite a sight to behold.  It took 2 centuries to build it.  Construction on a campanile, or bell tower, to accompany the public cathedral in the Italian riverside city of Pisa broke ground in August 1173.  Military conflicts stopped it's construction twice and it was not completed until 1372.

A shallow foundation and the soft ground of Pisa - composed of sand, clay, and deposits from the Tuscan rivers Arno and Serchio - were too unbstable to suppor the building even in the early stages of its construction.

In 1990 and again in 2008, a team of engineers leveled the soil beneath the tower and introduced anchoring mechanisms in an effort to rectify the landmark's nearly catastrophic lean.

This was an unused teabag that I primed with white gesso and painted with watercolor.  The details were added with a black permanent ink pen.  I painted the symbol from the flag that flies above the bell tower on the tea bag tag.

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