Ancient Rome

Sustainable, participatory art made from Sunlight, prisms, and ancient Roman architecture

Using proprietary prisms and mirrors, Erskine's six installations in the ancient Roman Forum transformed ordinary Sunlight into ever-changing floods of saturated color, bathing 2000 year old archeological sites in other-worldly beauty. 2000 years ago, Ancient Rome was solar powered. Now modern Rome needs to transition to solar energy to maintain our present civilization against the threat of climate change. The installations were sponsored by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation, The American Academy in Rome, Bettoja Hotels, the City of Rome, and the Italian Solar Energy Society.