Eastern State Penitentiary 1997 (with 1827 architectural sketch)

This tondo panorama was assembled from twenty-two separate photographs taken from
the central guard tower. The sketch at the center is
the original schematic drawing by the archtitect,
who was attempting to visualize the Quaker concept of a prison that would
encourage reform
through reflection and repentance. The physical prison never matched the symmetry and perfection
of this sketch, even when first completed, and it certainly didn't match it upon its closing in 1971.

The tondo panorama was first made for a collaborative installation, "The Model of Models,"
with Mark Campbell and Sue
.Patterson, and was displayed as a 6X6' Novajet print in four parts.
The version illustrated here is a 32X32" Iris print.

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Blaise Tobia © 2000