Redesigning Iconic National Park Posters for the Apocalypse

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Redesigning Iconic National Park Posters for the Apocalypse

Tuesday May 09, 2017 Written by Genevieve

National Parks 2050

We’re an upbeat bunch here at Smith Journal. Ninety-nine times out of 100, you’ll find us blogging about fun stuff – exciting moments in history, uplifting design, inspirational DIY’s, Christopher Walken reading bedtime stories. That kind of thing.

But every now and again, something bleaker rises up to shake us out of being too pleased with human activity. Something like these posters by American artist Hannah Rothstein, which demonstrate the apocalyptic future Earth is facing if we don’t stop trashing it before 2050. The series, titled 'National Parks 2050', cleverly depicts said horrors with gloomy versions of classic holiday posters promoting the country’s most famous parks. (You can see the originals on the left, and Rothstein’s updates on the right.)

National Parks 2050

So yeah, the theme of the collection is a bit of a break from our usual cheerful content, but don’t worry – we haven’t totally abandoned our joie d’arte. Aside from delivering an important message, Rothstein’s posters are also nice on the eye. At least when the world goes up in a hopeless plume of toxic smoke, we can take comfort in the sick artistry of these cool pics.

National Parks 2050

National Parks 2050

National Parks 2050

National Parks 2050