“Piranesi. Fields of chain” is a unique generative architectural project by MABLAB, that bridges the cultural foundations of the past and the future, by offering a modern interpretation of the iconic work of the Enlightenment era, the "Ichnographia Campo Marzio” (1762), by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
1669 unique random combinations of elements constructing fields of urban landscape. Compositions include: Centro, Nord, Sud, Est, Ovest
Transcending the boundaries of conventional architecture and engaging with the past in a highly artistic and sophisticated way, MABLAB reimagines Piranesi's work as a generative architectural project, culminating as their unique modern interpretation - "Fields of Chain."
The project's inception is rooted in MABLAB's original idea, as stated in their academic research back in 2016: “Piranesi’s Iconographic plan of reconstruction is not just a representation of architectural forms and memory fragments, it could be understood as a diagrammatic field. The field of transformations, where buildings and architectural elements are reduced to simple geometric structures and used as a material for the construction of a new, different vision of a city. Piranesi’s Campo Marzio plan could be understood as an instrument, a ‘generative device’, It is an autonomous and self-sufficient matter in a state of continuous motion. When the public spaces between the architectural structures are being reduced and could be understood as part of the architectural structures, becoming a sort of collective interior. In this case, the whole plan appears as a continuum of interiors, as a ‘sea of formal fragments’.“
In this project, MABLAB explores the potential combinations facilitated by an algorithm, offering diverse representations of each detail of Piranesi's original plan from the Iconographia Campo Marzio. In doing so, the duo captures the essence of Piranesi's inventive spirit while incorporating the latest technological advancements and human intelligence in a code-driven exploration of architectural possibilities.
Employing their signature techniques that include a fusion of digital speculative linear drawing and digital sculpting methods, MABLAB meticulously crafted their unique and intricate interpretations of every element within Piranesi's historic Campo Marzio plan. Introducing an element of randomness through the use of code to generate a multitude of original variations, the project aims to reflect Piranesi's penchant for randomness in architectural creation.
This process provides an innovative and original artistic interpretation of Piranesi's visionary creation, infusing it with contemporary relevance.
Drawing inspiration from Piranesi's visionary approach and his capacity to venture beyond established architectural boundaries, MABLAB offers their unique view, taking the monumental legacy of Piranesi and the concept of reinvention to the avant-garde digital landscape. Leveraging their extensive academic research background and their distinctive digital artistry, MABLAB employs cutting-edge blockchain technology. This innovative platform allows them to seamlessly gather classical elements while also adapting them to shape the future of cultural foundations.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, a remarkable historical figure, a prominent Italian architect, artist, art theorist, archaeologist, printmaker and engraver of the Enlightenment era, his influence on architectural development and Enlightenment perspectives of Roman antiquity primarily emanated from his renowned etchings depicting Roman ruins
Piranesi's "Ichnographia Campo Marzio" (“Field of Mars” - eng.) completed in 1762, illustrates an imaginative and monumental vision of the ancient Field of Mars in Rome. A massive and visionary work of reinvention, both in scale and thematic scope, this remarkably detailed etching presents a detailed plan of the Field of Mars.
Piranesi masterfully took existing remnants and historical knowledge of ancient Rome's Field of Mars, infused it with historical insights, and transformed it into a fantastic and utopian multifaceted urban landscape, seamlessly weaving together real elements and his distinctive artistic interpretation.
Establishing a firm historical foundation, Piranesi’s legacy has a lasting impact and continues to inspire conceptually and stylistically, and can be felt from the works of various artists and architectural movements of Lebbeus Woods, Yakov Chernikhov, the hyper-tech labyrinths of Atelier Olschinsky and Alexander Brodsky, to Brutalism and the modern era, including the well known contemporary interpretation of Piranesi’s Campo Marzio, by Peter Eisenman, Pier Vittorio Aureli and Jeffrey Kipnis, presented at the 13th International Biennale in 2012, themed “Common Ground”.
As the project depends on a Merkle tree to validate the randomized mintings, we need to send the txs one by one, due to the fact the mint function requires several non-standard parameters (tokenID, Merkle proof, and a hash to reinforce the security). This also prevents the introduction of unnecesary complexities, prone to unforeseen bugs upstream.
We decided to implement Merkle trees to protect our collectors from tampering and cherrypicking, and ensuring randomness. Our gas costs are optimized to the minimum, so that minting the tokens in a loop one by one will result in a same gas cost as batch minting, if not less.
The overall number of tokens is 1669, which include:
⬥ Centro - 367 tokens
⬥ Nord - 359 tokens
⬥ Sud - 344 tokens
⬥ Est - 333 tokens
⬥ Ovest - 266 tokens
MetaMask has recently released updates that changed the signature causing issues with "web3 - eth" packages for many projects across "web3" ecosystem.
We are working on implementing a solution to avoid this issue with Metamask Mobile and any related issues.