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Arcology: Legacy by steve-burg Arcology: Legacy by steve-burg
This is the fourth in a sequence of images depicting different stages in the Future History of an “Arcology” – a city/habitat contained inside a single immense structure.

Centuries have passed since the Arcology was attacked and destroyed by its enemies - as shown in "Arcology: Nightfall" [link] and "Arcology: The Fall" [link]

The lifeless city still stands, slowly deteriorating over centuries. The immense dome is host to its own internal weather system, and rainfall high above drains down through the ruins, forming the waterfalls seen here.

The wreckage of some of the attacking aircraft can be seen in the huge lake that now fills the lower levels of the abandoned dome.

This and other images in the sequence were originally created for the book “Concept Design II”, about 6 years ago now…

This is a variation of the image that was printed in the book; it is seen here for the first time :)

The entire scene was created in Lightwave 3D, with textures painted in Photoshop. The 3D render was modified in Photoshop to produce the final image.
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Wow, I wrote a draft for a game regarding a scenario very much like what you've done here.  I love "future ruins" or "future archeology", so to speak, and you've captured that spirit here.
nobbe42 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
wow! When looking at this impressive piece of art I can feel the loneliness of the abandoned city and the decay. A very moving scene!
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Very cool.  Just as an aside, Poalo Soleri just passed away back in April.  There will be a public service for him this September.  I wonder if he managed to see any of your works.  A great architect, if somewhat eccentric.  Great artistry here.
PerfectPlan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so futuristic so beautiful so alone,
man i wish i could look around there, it would be so awesome :)
Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure grandiosity.
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It might be said... I like things on a very large scale :nod:
Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have rarely (if ever) seen a comparable application of 3D in art. I.E., knowing that it can be technically done is one thing, but actually seeing it done with these amazing results is different!
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow - thanks very much! That is a most generous compliment!:) I greatly appreciate it :nod:
MAKS-23 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Very nice composition lighting works very well too :) looks like some sort of building that been through a very dark past
GeneralZadrek Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
So very sad to see such a magnificient piece of architecture, technology and sheer grandness destroyed... They would've needed someone like Judge Dredd to defend them from the attack.
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