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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.
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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!
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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.
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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 :)
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Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure grandiosity.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It might be said... I like things on a very large scale :nod:
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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!
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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:
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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
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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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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think he was out of town on business trip when the attack happened ;)
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
I remember the arcologies in SimCity2000... :D

Beautifully done, Steve!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I hadn't seen that(SimCity 2000), but someone else also mentioned it. I think the idea goes all the way back to the 1930s, but I'm not sure...
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
You're right. It was the dream (nightmare?) of a whole bunch of architects, lead by Paolo Soleri (italo-american).

But in SimCity2000 it was soooo fun when you finally managed to build one... :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Heheh - An arcology might be a nightmare - but Los Angeles freeway system (where I live) is truly "hell on earth" :lol:
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jhua Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I remember this piece..I still love the scale and lighting pass. Now you need to add that limo somewhere..LOL.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The limo is down in the lake. Float-Test: FAIL ;)
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arthurdentrgv Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Beautiful. It is easy to imagine bizzare life forms living in the ruins or explorers finding this and staying on to research it, or for that matter, a few stragglers trying to live among the ruins.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)!
One version of this had included some people fishing from a little raft made of junk :lol: ! But I decided to leave the fate of human life to the imagination. Any technologically advanced explorers would most likely be aliens (in my mind at least). If humans still inhabit the earth, I imagine they are reduced to living in very primitive conditions ;)
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arthurdentrgv Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Who said they'd be living inside? For example, right now... who is living inside the roman coloseum, the mayan ruined cities, or the ruins of pompei? Nobody. The inhabitants live in nearby cities and carefully escavate archeological digs inside them. The ruins you depict so perfectly are so obvious so far gone that no sentient race would care to live inside it. But they might go to the trouble of repairing one tiny section of it just to observe it, just like we have built walkways around niagra falls.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That's an interesting idea! I must confess, it's significantly more optimistic than what was in my mind - but I tend to be a bit fatalistic at times :D

Definitely, no one would want to live in most ruins, because they're gradually falling apart. It wouldn't be safe. Big chunks probably drop from above periodically - very hazardous!
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arthurdentrgv Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Like in rome today... the roman ruins are carefully escavated and maintained. Same goes for the alamo here in texas... people can tour it but the people live outside the grounds. Maybe in another arcology image, it would show the outside of the ruins of the megacity, with another obviously inhabited city close to it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It makes sense. It might be quite a long time later - long enough that the memory of what happened is long gone.
I think the Mayan ruins are about 1000 years old or so. So that might be a good time-frame :)
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arthurdentrgv Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
That it would. It's like a poem I read long ago. In it, a farmer finds a dented ancient helmet while plowing his field, and asks his neighbors if they knew anything about it. He was directed to the oldest farmer... who told him that twas a famous victory. The younger farmer asks who fought, when, and who won, and the old farmer keeps giving him the same answer, that twas a famous victory. Then the old farmer tells him that when he was a young man, he found a rusted out sword in his field, that he also asked the oldest farmer in the area about it... And he is giving the young farmer the same answer he was given years ago... That twas a famous victory. As for the theoretical image, the city is a large bustling city but it is too far away to determine who or what is living in it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That's a good story - or poem I should say. Time does roll forward, and eventually even memories are lost. I like the notion of the new city - and keeping its details mysterious :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's neat how you've done a visual story arc. There's something I've always regarded as "Clarkian" in making your last chapter a huge fast-forward, as he did it in so many novels. While this image depicts ruins, there's a still, natural beauty in it all. Sitting where the viewer is, I could feel at peace. The shadows and quality of light in the massive structure are oddly soothing.... maybe like the field at Woodstock a month after the concert ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like the whole "...nine hundred years later..." type of endings a lot :D! Ruins are kind of peaceful, because we're not connected to the original culture that built them. In this case, the birds and whatever other small creatures probably enjoy the serenity here.

Of course, every once in a while, something really HUGE breaks loose high up above and creates quite a commotion :lol:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank god for falling debris. Even too much serenity can be a bad thing ;)

(in theory)
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ralasterphecy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Not sure how to put this...but maybe some more mist and disruption to the water at the base of the waterfalls may help this image. Some sunbeams coming in from the top right and hitting the focal point might look cool too. I can see those birds creating some nice crepuscular rays. Overall it's a nice image. I like your use of contrast with the birds and the dramatic lighting.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree with your suggestions :) !
This piece goes back a few years, and I chose not to alter it - but on the other hand it might be well worth doing some revision on it with the benefit of the feedback it's gotten and "knowing now what I didn't know then" ;)
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ralasterphecy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Yeah, sometimes applying new skills to old pieces can show us just how far we've come. Give us a boost so to speak. Especially an image like this, that is solid to begin with. I think you could really make this one pop. Would love to see it as I can imagine it. In any case I'm glad you liked my suggestions...makes commenting worthwhile to hear that.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Constructive critique is something I value a great deal :D !
At the time I made this, I was trying (too much) to get everything from just the 3D. I'm much more inclined now to integrate painting into the process. It's always evolving. I may pay another visit to this ruin - it seems worth the attempt :) !
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ralasterphecy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I think it's worth it too. I'll keep an eye out. ;) Getting everything done in 3D would be hard, I would think. Sometimes straight renders look flat in my opinion and painting into them can add some extra depth and an organic feel. Sometimes even a few filters and tonal adjustments can go a long way.
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very cool pic... i like how broken down it all is. except i think there mite have been 2 many columns to the walls... as u see in the centre and off to the left its starts to get that photoshop stamp n repeat effect... but very coool none the less
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's actually all 3D - but there is a visible tiling in the texture. I've figured out various ways of getting rid of that in the models, though this pic was done before I had figured some of that stuff out :lol: !
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
oh ok.. its still good none the less... :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - it's interesting to look at this older work - and I definitely had some "blind spots" to things like that (visible tiling in the textures). My big "epic struggle" these days is breaking out of monochrome color schemes :lol: !
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
oh ok yeah colour is always a problem for me
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You rock, sir, do you know?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much - I am very pleased by your comment :D !
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
When it's true it's true =)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
besides being great work , i love how each of these tells a full story by itself and how they all connect to paint a saga
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) That was the goal I set: to make a sequence that all ties together, but you can look at each image on its own too. I'm glad you like this aspect of it, and I really appreciate your comment a great deal :)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
mission accomplished captain sir . i spent quite a bit of time "living" in each - except the red one where they destroyed my house and friends and every thing i ever loved ... :cry: why !? oh why did they have to attack us !!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I completely agree! Considering the effect of wiping out this Arcology (i.e. the extinction of remaining human life), it wasn't a very nice thing to do at all. It's definitely a major setback :D

Well, maybe somebody is still around, you just never know. And certainly the birds seem to be enjoying this nice lake ;)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
i just had a piece of a cake called Turtle Cheesecake ... it has a thin layer of fudge brownie (no drugs included) on the bottom and cheesecake on top with caramel and chocolate bits and ... what ? mass extinction . sure , kill the humans , just leave the cake
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
There will be ample supplies of cake, I promise, and you'll never even miss human civilization ;)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
i'm in
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It is really the optimal solution ;)
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