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Rome, Italy

We visited Rome while on a Mediterranean cruise, so by the time we were bused from the port, and had a bit of a bus tour of the city, we had about 3 hours to explore before having to be back on the bus.  I had just started making KaleidEscapes at that time, and I wanted to make sure I got a photo of the Pantheon.  

We kept wandering around trying to find it, and at one point, stopped to consult the map on the phone.  It said we were standing right on top of it, but all we saw was a very narrow street with a somewhat curved building on our right.  We decided to take a right at the next cross street and walk down the incline, and I am so glad that we did.  As we walked down the street, it opened into a large piazza and as we looked back, we saw the Pantheon.  We had been standing directly behind it when we looked at the map!  We had spent so much time looking for it, that we didn't even have time to go inside.  I snapped a few pictures of the front, and off we ran to try to find the bus back to the ship (that was another adventure!).


Fun Facts:

  • The best preserved Ancient Roman monument
  • The current structure was built in 120 AD, after the original structures were ravaged by fire twice
  • The marble floors are the original marble
  • The dome of the Pantheon is the largest unsupported dome in the world, with a diameter of 142 feet.
  • The distance from the floor to the top of the dome is exactly the same as the diameter of the dome
  • The 16 Corinthian columns supporting the portico came from Egypt
  • It became a church in 609 AD, and remains a church to this day

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.


The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.



Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!


Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front