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Surreal Drawings of Hands Cradling Architecture

ARCHITECTURE odessa is a series of illustrations by Ukranian artist Dasha Pliska that creatively combines architecture with human hands. Her drawings present an artistic view of hands cradling, carrying, resting on, and seemingly assembling old buildings found in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. There is a brilliant balance of realism and sketchbook etchings to the surreal images that makes them all the more appealing.

At times, it seems as though the hands are an heavenly pair of support, keeping the old buildings together. Like guardians, they appear to be protecting the architecture from harm. In other instances, they seem like extensions of each edifice, giving them different personalities, dependent on whether the arms are crossed, the palms are up or down, or the hands have made a fist or not.

Dasha Pliska on Behance
via [Devid Sketchbook, My Darkened Eyes]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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