Believing that strong form and meaning are linked, Tilson has used a ziggurat, the form of an ancient Mesopotamian stepped pyramid
connecting heaven and earth, to stimulate the viewer's curiosity.
The Saqqarah Stepped Pyramid
is an archeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis northwest of the city of Memphis.
The first documented engineer in history was Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian responsible for building the famous stepped pyramid
for King Dioser at the Saqqara Necropolis (thecivilengg.com, 2017).
Likewise, in the animation Whilst in Genuflect, 2017, made in collaboration with video artist Simon Ward, seven figures, lying on their backs with outstretched knees, contort into a stepped pyramid
crowned by a serpent.
For instance, the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, located in what is now Mexico, contains a stepped pyramid
temple honoring a feathered serpent god named Kukulkan.
At the centre of the city, which comprises palaces, temples, baths and recreation areas, is the great stepped pyramid
, also known nowadays as El Castillo (the castle).
This seven-story stepped pyramid
was modeled on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, possessing a fascinating history dating back to the ancient Greeks.
It is not clear whether the original building was actually a "tower," an English translation of the Hebrew term, or was a "ziggurat," a stepped pyramid
that was common at the time.
From a distance, the structure appears similar to ancient Egyptian pyramids, but as you move closer, it is a square- based stepped pyramid
between 75 and 80 feet tall with square terraces and staircases up each of the four sides to the top of the temple.
Built in 1989 as the headquarters for Morgan Bank, the tower contributed one of the most memorable Downtown rooflines in recent years--a stepped pyramid
that hearkens back to such New York greats as neighboring 40 Wall and the original Bankers Trust Building at 14 Wall, which used the crown as logo for years.
Afterward, the mummy will be displayed at Saqqara's museum of Imhotep, the famed architect who designed the Stepped Pyramid
You heard quite a lot about Egypt in first year architectural history: pylons, hypostyle halls, papyrus and lotus paradigms and of course the Stepped Pyramid
of Zoser, and that bent one where they got the point seriously wrong.