By Hayley Pither – Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
In February, I was fortunate enough to travel to Budapest to gather research for my final project. My work for this term revolved around designing a film set for the Disney film Hercules. I decided to take photographs of the architecture and to take note of the different textures and patterns. This would hopefully inspire my final project, with the theme of ancient Greek architecture. On the first day I went to the Matthias Church and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. The interior design was very Catholic Christian originated, so the windows and the ceiling designs revolved around the Biblical stories. These places were beautifully painted, and showed a lot of history of the country, discussing their Monarchy and wars.
Another tourist attractive, was a large grave yard, that is known for the elaborate designs for each grave, and the monuments for certain celebrities and soldiers. The materials, such as marble, were neatly carved into, and molded into different shapes, such as portraits and animals, the use of mosaics and religious paintings were also widely used.
Besides the variety of research, I have been undertaking, each evening my class mates and I would explore some of the ruins bars that are tourist attractions. These bars that are old buildings that are inhabitable, so although the space is very worn out, it’s a great space to have a drink and a dance. Each bar would be covered with graffiti and art around each room. These were very interesting, as not many bars like this would exist in England.
Overall, I found the trip very rewarding. It did not directly link to my project concept of Greek mythology, yet the different types of architecture from different centuries have inspired some of the patterns that I have included and developed in my designs.