Eric Holubow, ‘Vanishing Point’, 2015, Hexton Gallery

A one-point perspective drawing means that the drawing has a single vanishing point, usually directly opposite the viewer’s eye and usually on the horizon line. All lines parallel with the viewer’s line of sight recede to the horizon towards this vanishing point.

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (1829- 1971), once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Eastern State’s innovative wagon wheel design and system of solitary confinement
was the model for over 300 prisons worldwide. The halls were designed to have the feel of a church. The vaulted cells were made of concrete with a single glass skylight, representing the “Eye of God”, suggesting to the prisoners that God was always watching them. It held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Signature: Signed and numbered, verso

Image rights: © Eric Holubow

About Eric Holubow