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“Postcards from a Green Future” depicts an insightful peep into an unrevealed spectacle. Though the beautiful images are so very indicative of a sustainably green future, a certain element of disarray still prevails owing to unspecific boundaries that are supposed to exist in the future. Both the artists, Liam Young form Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Darryl Chen, have remained as secretive as they could be in their projections.

 

The postcards attracted my attention mostly because of my graduation project, which my few last entries were also relevant to. My project covers a utopian narrative of a city, with different zones, all recycling themselves and the other zones in the city that they’re related to within a garden like environment. I was influenced, ideally, by the garden-city utopia of Le Corbusier; it’s about the possibility and sustainability of a dense setting in a park/garden city. To make the city dense yet less crowded is defined in his utopia as ascending or growing vertically; hightening the buildings yet now they’re far away from one another, different from the settling in these above and below scenes of a green future.

“These speculative scenes of “a green future” show us an over-the-top, solar-powered utopia of detached single-family houses and wind turbines, woven together with light rail and renewable energy technologies; it’s an Eden of sprawl spreading out into London’s most distant scattered cityscape.”

la ville contemporaine

This reminded me naturally of Le Corbusier’s La Ville Contemporaine, which I found not really feasible for the already alienating modern society. He proposes a 3-million populated urbanization within a park. That clearly why it’s utopic since there are hundreds of meters of distance between the buildings which renders neighborhood and socialization impossible; and leaves public space as a rotten concept. (below are the images)

“In The Spyfrost Project, photographer David Trautrimas hypothesizes the origins of iconic modern appliances by reassembling them into top secret, Cold War era military outposts. These skunkwork structures, hybrids of both machinery and architecture, stand as colossal weaponized  ancestors to common objects such as refrigerators, lawnmowers and washing machines. Fashioned with aspiring futurism, yet an ominous sense of militaristic purpose, these installations link the parallel development of capitalism’s postwar consumer culture and the Military Industrial Complex.”

In each and every one of his works, one can realize how cleverly Trautrimas has merged specific pieces of different devices in such harmonious way, rendering each scene as a city scene out of those industrial objects. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the context of his works influenced me a lot. The technical blending of the images with real landscapes renders his work perfect. Below are several images of his industrial complex.


 

Above are his city meshes, and below are more illustrative and conceptual serigraphs of him.

The artist “re-purposes” daily house objects to form fantasy cities immersing them into real landscapes. He applies his works in the name of a  modernist architect. I fell for his works first, then his statement and the way he assembles his idea into what he calls the Habitat Machines. For the rest of his works and full statement, visit.

This summer, when I was in Edinburgh, I was planning to take a 45 minute ride to the sculpture garden in the Bonnington House. The area is almost kept as a secret from the government and the population around, which I can barely understand. I was too lucky to learn about it from a dear Scotsman, yet not as lucky about the opening days and hours of the art garden. The current artists’ list is pretty prosperous; the land is hosting Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, Alec Finlay and several others. Keep watching or book now.