In 2009 I was awarded a scholarship form the Royal Scottish Academy to study in Florence for 3 months. It was a fantastic experience and, whilst immersing myself in the work of the Italian masters, I became intrigued by the changing skyline of Florence.
Medieval Florence, that of Dante, had 150 towers littering its skyline, however during my time in the city I could find no drawn evidence. In 1300 a law was passed which decreed that all the towers were to be taken down, the material being used to build the outer ring of city walls. They had been the breeding ground for fighting between rival families, but what if they had remained? I made a drawing, Torri di Firenze, which seeks to represent how modern day Florence may have looked if the towers had remained.