Malgorzata Lagan

THE FLOOR

The floor of the Pantheon, which corresponds to the diameter of the dome (43.3m), is inlaid with a pattern of large squares and circles in PORPHYRY, gray GRANITE and Gialla Antico, a coveted yellow marble from SIMITTHU, framed by strips of Pavonanzetto. In order to reproduce this valuable material realistically, the cork base of the model is first coated with chalk primer and later sanded. Then Dieter and Malgorzata apply the intricate pattern in many layers of paint to get the desired effect…

TIVOLI

Until today, the round temple of Tivoli is considered as the ideal of Romanticism for artists and architects. It was modeled in various interpretations by the grand masters of “phelloplastics” and carried across the Alps. Today Dieter and Malgorzata not only restore the few preserved objects, but they also create new cork models of the temple for various requirements. With this they not only keep a forgotten craftsmanship alive, but also try to redirect the viewer’s gaze to perfect proportions and beauty …

BIRTHDAY

After all parts have been fixed in place and the pigment layers have been applied, Dieter and Malgorzata photograph the cork model in optimal daylight. The southern French evening sun, which brings the object to life in warm tones, is ideal for this purpose …

HEAVENS GATE

The cella is the sanctuary of the temple and was only accessible to the priests through a more than 6m high bronze portal. Dieter and Malgorzata try to reproduce the effect of this monumental entrance as precisely as possible. They do the same with the roof tiles…