Heavenly Cities in the Sky

What do you see when you look up at the clouds? Artist Yang Yongliang’s series Heavenly City depicts a metropolis in the sky. He uses three elements to create these otherworldly, elongated landscapes: photography, digital manipulation, and composition.

The Shanghai native, who was originally trained in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, has adopted the classic art form of Shanshui (landscape painting) and has combined it with modern technology. He has originated a new form of Shanshui that, instead of cherishing a natural world, criticizes a world filled with cars and skyscrapers devoid of nature. If you look closely, you can even see that the land is made of barcodes and clothing brand logos. Heavenly City is Yongliang’s interpretation of globalization, urbanization, and the impact of consumerism in a modern world.

Yang Yongliang’s website

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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