Friday, February 27, 2009

Amazing Cityscape Artworks

Most of us played with building blocks to create our own make believe buildings and cities. Fortunately, not all of us outgrew this habit. Here are some cityscape artworks made from unusual objects.

Unreal Scene of Shanghai by Liu Jianhua

Chinese artist Liu Jianhua created this cityscape of Shanghai out of poker chips and dice. You can fill in the part about the metaphor of a city's growth and economic development all by yourself.

The City of San Francisco by Liz Hickok

San Francisco may be prone to earthquakes, but things never seem so jiggly as when artist Liz Hickok made a cityscape of Baghdad-by-the-Bay out of ... Jell-O!

On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from the Sierra by Zhang Wang

What is it about San Francisco that inspired so many artists? Here's one by Zhang Wang, who used stainless steel pots and pans, as well as silverware to create his cityscape.

Egg City

I don't know much about the background of this Egg City, but it's doubly eggscellent because it's also the image of a RMB 50 bill!

Eating the City by Sang Dong

In his installation titled "Eating the City", Chinese artist Sang Dong used about 72,000 biscuits, including "digestives, chocolate digestives, rich tea, hobnobs, caramels and fruit shortcake".

The Lost City of Atlantis by Gayle Chong Kuan

Artist Gayle Chong Kwan used hundreds of old plastic bottles and food packagings to create a cityscape of the lost city of Atlantis.

Colour Reading and Contexture by Jacob Dahlgren

At first I thought Jacob Dahlgren used books to create this virtual cityscape installation called "Colour Reading and Contexture", but those are actually colored tiles and wooden blocks. Still it's pretty cool!

Uncharted Terrain by Grace Grothous

For her exhibition titled "Uncharted Terrain", Grace Grothous made an imaginary topographic landscale out of discarded circuit boards. The little buildings are the circuitries that are part of the boards!

Jerusalem Sphere by Frank Meisler

Inspired by ancient maps showing Jerusalem as a circular city, Frank Meisler created this sculpture of the city in the form of a sphere. It is a replica of the Jerusalem Fountain, commissioned by the King Solomon Hotel.

"Junk City" by Enoki Chu

Japanese artist Enoki Chu created his futuristic cityscape out of polished old drill bits and machine parts.

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