"It is, as it were, the visible image of the universe."
—Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet, 1820
I have studied the Pantheon in Art History, but experiencing it in real space was an unexpected thrill. Although 'space' is a visual element (we have been talking about it since 2D and 3D design classes freshman year), I have never before been made so intensely aware of it as a viewer than when I first walked into the Pantheon. The space inside this place seems, from the outside, to be so contained. When you walk into the building, however, the space seems expansive, even cosmic! I felt as if my own lungs were expanding as widely as the coffered ceiling as I stepped into its vastness. Everything felt as it if was wide open, even though the only real opening was the oculus in the center of the ceiling.
Tonight I will brainstorm and sketch other ways to communicate this profound sense of space. This may inform my installation project for the studio class!