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In my Art History class we were asked to do a design a room that could fit a Egyptian, Greek, or Roman sculpture and design a room to display it in. I chose to design the room in UDK using static meshes only from the GDC map that is included in the current build as a design constraint (trying to mirror a scenario for a mesher just using what your art team gives you). I wrote up a document explaining what I did and why I chose to do things as well as a final piece showing aspects of it which I’ve included below for your perusal.

Project #1: Epicurus Room

Epicurus is one of the great Greek Philosophers whose teachings are still being followed to this day. Epicurus’ view of the perfect society is one in which the inhabitants are absent from pain. He believed this so much that he devoted his life to being happy; surrounding myself with laughter, beauty, and sex. He believed in three simple virtues that if applied would lead to a perfect society.

First and foremost he felt friendship was important friendship. He purchased a house in Athens called “The Garden” in his early 30s and his closest friends joined him to live there together. He believed that friends are a major source of happiness spending all the time you can with them to create a series of constant companions in life.

The next thing we as humans need is freedom. Do to this, he left Athens later in his life all together and lived up in the hills above where he and his friends could be financially independent and self-sufficient, not under bosses for their income. The outside of the Epicurus Room is a beautiful, remote area which I think must be similar to how the place he lived that last part of his life at.

The third and final requirement is that of an analyzed life. He believed that people must take time to reflect on their worries, and analyze what is troubling us. Our worries will resolve themselves if we take the time to think them through. To do this, we need to have quiet thinking of our lives.

The room that I created a concept of was built in the traditional layout of a Greek temple in the pseudoperipteral layout. However I chose to represent Epicurus’ freedom from greek culture to use columns that are not doric but in fact, just square. At the entrance to the temple I placed the quote “Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo” (I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care) – which is inscribed on the gravestones of his followers and seen on many ancient gravestones of his followers.

I have the bust of Epicurus placed in the back of the room placed on a circular pedestal. But otherwise besides lighting by torches it is empty and quite dark. Epicurus didn’t believe that temples were of much use as he felt that the Gods, if they existed wouldn’t care about people to do anything for them. The darkness and the dramatic lighting of the temple is meant to echo life as there is a small window in which the individual is alive, a light, surrounded with darkness before and afterward which reflects what Epicurus’ idea of life is.

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