A Single Note / 48″ diameter, 150″ (12.5 feet) circumference
Using black 0.05″ Staedtler liner pens and several month’s time, artist Ben Sack creates these fictional landscapes on a huge scale. The architecture in his work jumps from century to century, from gothic architecture to images of current urban sprawl. Here he explains his ideas on “western antiquity”:
Its this sort of image that I think most people, if not all of society have of western antiquity; stainless marble facades, long triumphal avenues, monuments to glory. In actuality, the cities of the past were far from idealistic by todays standards. Yes there was marble, lots of marble, and monuments galore, however these urban centers were huddled together and unless you were considerably wealthy, life in dreamy antiquity was often a heroic struggle. Though the societies of antiquity were bloody, dirty and corrupt the idea of antiquity has come to represent some resounding ideals in present society; democracy, justice, law and order, balance, symmetry. These ideals are now the foundation stones of our own civilization, a civilization that some distant future will perhaps honor as antiquity.
Sack has a degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University and has since had work numerous solo a group exhibitions. You can view his portfolio here and order prints as well.
images by Ben Sack