Things added, things worn away

The streets of Siena offer an endless visual riff on the theme of wear, tear and intervention: the chipped edges of a flight of steps, the rectangular slip of white stone patched into decorative stonework, the random stain of lichen across terracotta roof tiles, the debossed surfaces of friable brickwork and the crude smear of render repairing a rubble wall. Every successive evolution contributes to the richness of pattern, colour and texture — even the incidental addition of a fallen leaf.


John Pawson