The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

21 October 1778   Wednesday

One circus done, five more to go.

21 October 1812   Wednesday

A thick fog arose, which dissipated about 8. Wind W northerly, temperature 50. Sun shines feebly through light summer clouds. My wife went to town early this morning taking with her Sister Longstreth. Temperature rose PM to 65°. I was employed writing. My wife did not return till near 7 this evening, but they came all well.
At 10 a clear bull's eye center N and a wind from thence driving fleecy[?] clouds before it. Jabez whom I left in town Saturday last to go to the Latin School in Fourth Street, kept by [blank] Dugdale, under Friends care, begun on Monday 19th instant, and seems very well pleased with it. Wind came round PM to SW.

21 October 1994
The present is that component of time that is constantly moving. It is only the present that moves through time. The present is a partition. The present divides time into past and future.
The past and present both have a simultaneous inert existence. The past and the future co-exist equally in time; it is the movement of the present that brings particular instants of time out of inertia.
The movement of the present is linear and unidirectional. The past is behind the present and the future is in front of the present.
This current topic of the "present" brings up a few issues that I feel I should (must) investigate:
Last night I also realized, for the first time, that the rib cage becomes a dominant factor in the human body's morphology right about now, c. 2000 A.D. What does the presence of the skeletal cage signify, symbolize, mean? Could it represent the build up, the beginning of a build up of protective strength? This is the first time I have addressed the issue of the human skeleton, and it brings to mind the issue of the spine which I also have not yet addressed.
The story is indeed becoming complex, but I hope it doesn't begin verging on being overwrought.
If I got the ideas of assimilation and metabolism from the digestive system, it is also possible that I may derive similar metaphors from the skeletal system. There is also the spinal column/nerve system that I must begin to investigate, as well as, the circulatory system.

21 October 2001

In terms of location, it was in the reading alcove just beyond the archway to the right where the discovery of the first state of the Ichnographia Campus Martius occurred 14 May 1999.

Coop Himmelb[l]au, Installation of Rudi Gernreich: Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion (Philadelphia: Institute of Contemproary Art, September 15 - November 11, 2001).

21 October 2003
Re: human apparent asymmetry
What's interesting about the double organs of the kidneys and the lungs is that both organs carry out a lot of osmosis, thus it might just be that the design of these organs reflect the balancing operation that they largely perform.
osmosis : diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from a solution with a low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration until there is an equal concentration of fluid on both sides of the membrane

21 October 2017


21 October 2022   Friday

Because of work I had already done 26 March 2015, the original plan of the Circus Agonalia sive Alexandri is almost completely redrawn.

21 October 2023   Saturday

Plan of a basilica [actually Old St. Peter's, Vatican, plus two plans in the lower left corner copied from Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius]   From the Collection Pierre-Adrien Pâris Dessins at the Bibliothèque municipale de Besançon.

Perhaps some day in the future I will write more about this drawing, because right now I getting a strong feeling that Francesco has a lot to do with it, all the way to the point where the drawing may actually be by Francesco himself.

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