“5:45 to Santa Monica: now boarding!”

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  03 March 2008
“5:45 to Santa Monica: now boarding!”

Los Angeles: Clear skies, highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s... nice evening to go to Santa Monica and see the sunset.

Architecture and architectural image-making has been too much about form, shape, facade and everything that in fact - separates us from buildings. I’ve tried to show a scenario that is much closer to human perspective, something that we can actually imagine to be possible and real. I like the idea of speculating what a place, that we may be already familiar with, would look like in the future.

In this image we are actually in the City of Compton overlooking downtown LA. What you see is the future Los Angeles where most of flat areas of suburban-like sprawl have been transformed into a dynamic landscape. The world I am presenting is a result of symbiotic relationship between organisms that we could help evolve and grow to provide us with structural support, shelter, a framework for our living and working spaces without destroying them in the process like we have been doing for centuries.
My initial inspiration for this concept was the landscape of limestone rock formations along the Li River near Guilin in China. Such a landscape could be created by developing organic forms that would grow in a half natural half guided way and create a skeleton for our homes. In the same time those organisms would keep living by feeding of of our products of consumption. - a truly symbiotic system.

The lightweight structures are provided to guide the new developed plant-like organisms in a generally preconceived and agreed upon arrangement. Then the “organisms” much like vines overtake them and transform into sound and beautiful structures that provide support for other plants to grow and people to insert their homes, work spaces and places of leisure. When a desired height is reached the tops are turned into green recreational areas with most astounding views. The entire structure lives and constantly changes its appearance according to seasons, weather even times of the day.

What you see in the foreground is one of many large openings that are evenly spread out around this landscape. They serve as a local public space and a transportation node. In such a landscape the new forms of transportation are encouraged. public and private blimps are safe, environmentally friendly and esthetically fascinating. No more waiting stuck in traffic on the way to Venice Beach on a hot weekend. Just glide through the air above the city enjoying what it has become.

I would love to live in a city with such views, the smell of fresh air, sound of birds and a quiet buzz of blimp propellers. aah ... dream on...

Last edited by cienias : 03 March 2008 at 04:21 PM. Reason: typos
  03 March 2008
Nicely Done!
  03 March 2008
thank you

thank you!
  03 March 2008
final notes:

if anybody were interested - this image is entirely painted in Photoshop. No 3D at all. Also no photos except a reference for downtown LA in the background that I painted over.
I would like to thank my wife for her patience past 2 weeks. I spent all my free time working on this. Also thanks to Manzer who let me know about this contest, Tadd Heidgerken, Ryan Wrocklage, Drone Iyangar and of course again - my wife - who gave me some precious feedback.
I also would like to mention Scott Robertson whose inspiring work and publications made me completely change what I wanted to do for living in my life

Last edited by cienias : 03 March 2008 at 09:28 PM.
  03 March 2008
one more thing: the cow

there is a beautiful large sculpture of a cow in the plaza under the banners for a new exhibition at MOCA downtown LA. the cow is made out of plastic but there aren't any known ingredients in it that may cause cancer or be harmful in any way. it is save for children to play around the cow, however, parents' supervision is always advised...
  03 March 2008

sorry: there is also one more thing i forgot to let you know about:

"starting March 11th all MTA air-ships will be equipped with bicycle and surfboard racks that can be used by passengers at no additional cost. the racks will accomodate up to 4 surfboards and 2 bicycles. We thank you again for your continiuing support for clean public transportation."
  03 March 2008
man,,,i admire your patience in paainting the whole stuff,,great work...
  01 January 2010
wow this is good! if ever, this will be way, way, way in the future. but nice artwork!
  03 March 2010
VERRRRRYYY nice use of lighting and moody atmosphere. It kind of made me fantasize for a second, even smelled a little bit of fresh outdoors. lol.
From Russia, with love @ stooch.tv
  03 March 2010
good job! keep it up dude
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