A view of Venice from on high

While in Venice for the opening of his installation Perspectives in the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, commissioned by the newly formed Swarovski Foundation for it’s first collateral event at the Biennale, the designer John Pawson took some time off to take a few eagle-eyed shots of the city. His work in the Palladio-designed church is the largest lens ever made from Swarovski crystal. “It’s a privilege to be able to work inside a place like the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. Palladio’s architecture is rich and complex and I wanted to give the eye a place to rest. In this sense the experience Perspectives offers is a form of visual meditation,” Pawson says. The church was so engrossing for Pawson—and Swarovski, it turns out, which will fund the restoration of the statue of St George atop the cupola—that he missed much of the Biennale itself. “There were a number of things I had in mind to see, but in the end I spent virtually all of my time in the Basilica—when you are in that sort of sublime space, it’s difficult to leave.”