Description 15 x 11 Watercolor; the tower is famous for the settling of its foundations, which caused it to lean 5.5 degrees from the perpendicular in the late 20th century. Extensive work was subsequently done to straighten the tower, and its lean was ultimately reduced to less than 4.0 degrees. Engineers expected the tower to remain stable for at least 200 years.The Tower of Pisa is located next to the Cathedral of Pisa, in Pisa, Italy. The construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in 1173. It was interrupted several times by wars, debt and while engineers worked on solutions to correct the lean. We now know that without these interruptions that allowed the soil to compress under the tower, it would have certainly toppled over. Pisa Tower was eventually completed in 1399. It is a medieval architecture with Romanesque style.The building of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and especially its completion, represents the last element in the compliment of the ceremonial complex of monuments that enrich the Square of miracles. The project included four representative monuments in the city of Pisa, the Cathedral of Pisa, the Baptistry, the Bell Tower of Pisa, Monumental Cemetery. Galileo was baptized in the baptistery in 1565. The foundation of the cemetery, Campo Santo, is made up of 53 shiploads of the earth that were brought back from the Hill of Calvary in Jerusalem.Pisa got its name in 600 BC from a Greek word meaning marshy land.' The cathedral and baptistery are also sinking. The original completed height of the Tower of Pisa is 197 ft. The current towers height is 186 ft on the highest side and 183 ft on the lowest side. There are 251 steps from the bottom to the top of the Pisa tower.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.