This piece was featured in the illustration group show, "Dreaming in Narrative: Invisible Cities," and is based on the fictional city Isaura from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. I was largely inspired by this passage:
"Two forms of religion exist in Isaura. The city’s gods, according to some people, live in the depths, in the black lake that feeds the underground streams. According to others, the gods live in the buckets that rise, suspended from a cable, as they appear over the edge of the wells… all the way up to the weathercocks that surmount the airy scaffoldings of Isaura, a city that moves entirely upward.“
I thought about how the text expressed a divide in the city’s population… but what if there was only a single god? What if the city was built on top of it, whose work to provide water for the people went unnoticed?