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Visible Invisible Cities Illuminations© : Paul Haigh 1988-1995 Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, is a masterwork of urban fables that has enjoyed a world wide following among architects. Paul Haigh takes on Invisible Cities abundant visual metaphors in this series of 'illuminations' that parallel 'the dialogue of opposites' in the book with the dualities and synthesis that characterize his own work. Johanna Jacob in her essay 'Calvino's Reality: Designer's Utopia' for the Society for Utopian Studies Journal notes "…while using familiar visual elements, Haigh organizes them to reflect a new fantastic vision while also redefining lightness". The main protagonist of Invisible Cities, the explorer Marco Polo, recounts tales of cities that he has imagined within the empire of the great Kublai Khan. Cities and Memory, Cities and Desire, Cities and Signs, Thin Cities, Trading Cities, Cities and Eyes, Cities and Names, Cities and the Dead, Cities and the Sky, Continuous Cities, Hidden Cities. Featured selections include : Cities and Eyes - Frontispiece Cities and Memory # 4 - Zora Hidden Cities - Frontispiece Cities and Desire #1 - Dorothea Cities and Eyes #3 - Baucis Cities and Eyes # 5 - Moriana Continuous Cities - Detail Continuous Cities - Frontispiece Kublai Khan's Dream - Lalage Additional selections from the complete series have been published by Progressive Architecture, Rizzoli and the Journal of the Society for Utopian Studies Vol. 9, No.1 1998. In 2019 selections from Paul Haigh's Invisible Cities portfolio were included in the Exhibition APOPLUS, Invisible Cities and Greek City Ports of the Ionian: visual art dialogues between Greek litterateurs and Calvino.
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