The Art of Imaginary Cities

Friday November 16, 2018 Written by Ronan

Irish writer Darran Anderson clearly spends a bit of time on the internet. His Twitter account, Imaginary Cities, is a seemingly bottomless trove of images from the far corners of the web that show how artists and architects have envisaged the modern metropolis in different ways over the years.

The works, which range from the utopic to the nightmarish, form an exhaustive collection of what isn’t, what could have been and what may yet be. You’ll find proposed extensions to the Eiffel tower, abandoned prototypes for Disneyland, unbuilt monuments, historic prints, links to radical academic treatises by radical architects like Adolfo Natalini, as well, of course, as hypnotic animated GIFs.

Fiction also gets a look-in, with entries on cartoon locations such as Castle Grayskull from He-Man, animations from the Mœbius & Jodorowsky masterpiece, The Incal, and worlds from computer games both new (Halo) and old (Karateka).

It’s a rich vein of art and architecture. It’s also available in book form. Head to Influx Press to order a copy.