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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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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 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 Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure grandiosity.
steve-burg Feb 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It might be said... I like things on a very large scale :nod:
Bartlebooth 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 Feb 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow - thanks very much! That is a most generous compliment!:) I greatly appreciate it :nod:
Very nice composition lighting works very well too :) looks like some sort of building that been through a very dark past
GeneralZadrek 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.
steve-burg Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think he was out of town on business trip when the attack happened ;)
I remember the arcologies in SimCity2000... :D

Beautifully done, Steve!
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