Intricate Drawings of Futuristic Cityscapes

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Quite what our urban spaces will look like in the future is a source of constant speculation — will we be living in post-apocalyptic dystopias, beautiful space colonies or some sort of weird virtual spaces that bear only the most tangential relation to the real world? The idea of Pixel City II — a series of illustrations by Austrian artist Atelier Olschinsky — takes the idea of a virtual cityscape and runs with it, depicting fascinatingly intricate cities that could occupy a virtual landscape, a tangible one, or both.We spotted Olschinsky’s work via The Audacity of Swope, and found it thoroughly fascinating — it’s like Invisible Cities translated into some unknowable future and then rendered back onto paper for us to marvel at today. We went ahead and found the rest of the series — along with accompanying details — at the Creators Project, and there’s heaps more of Olschinsky’s work at his website.

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 01, 2012.

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 01 (detail), 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 02, 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 02 (detail), 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 03, 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 03 (detail), 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 04, 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 04 (detail), 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 05, 2012

Atelier Olschinsky, Pixel City II 05 (detail), 2012