Most of us have heard of the Kama Sutra, and as interesting as it is, it might not be our first choice for our home’s wall decor. But this non-traditional version, entitled Archisutra, from architectural illustrator Federico Babina, may be clever enough to change your mind. Traditionally pictorial interpretations of the Kama Sutra include human bodies demonstrating sexual positions from the ancient sanskrit text; however, in Babina’s version, the bodies are replaced with buildings while the positions remain the same.
The buildings are strategically designed using architectural details to represent different parts of the human anatomy. For example, windows can be used for different facial features while legs and arms are created with angled volumes. Regardless, each image is different, as some are drawn in two dimensions, while others are shown in a three-dimensional plane.
Babina created the series to comment on the sexual symbolism inherent to architecture. He references a quote by the Swiss-French architect Bernard Tschumi: “Architecture is the ultimate erotic act.” Babina has authored several other illustrative series in this same style including portraits constructed with building parts, an alphabet of architects, and buildings that personify the style of the world’s most noted movie directors. Visit his website to see more of his wonderfully playful imagery.
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