Aachen, Germany
Aachen Cathedral
16 Aachen, Germany

This piece attempts to recreate the architecture, motifs, and geometry of the Palatine Chapel at Charlemagne’s palace in Aachen. The chapel is a domed, double-shelled, two-story octagon. As it is the resting place of Charlemagne, who established the Holy Roman Empire, the shards collected there have been used to represent his grave. Around the central grave image, the drawings and maps tell two stories that intersect: on the left Charlemagne, with his sword and steed and, on the right, with their tanks, the American soldiers who restored the integrity of Europe.

Marc Le Rest

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