If You Want to Make a Point, Use a Skyscraper

If You Want to Make a Point, Use a Skyscraper

Because their size and height, tall towers and buildings have been used to make a point throughout the centuries. Often these messages were about power, wealth and strength, but French artist Francois Ronsiaux is using them to ‘explore the notion of territoriality and man’s psychoses when confronted with the possible disappearance of his vital space.’

The home page of Ronsiaux’s Web site reminds you of the opening scene of the 1995 movie Waterworld. The map is actually a Survival Map, showing what is left of the Earth when the sea level rises 300 meter.

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His art project ‘United Land‘ features images of submerged cities, such as this one.

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The interesting thing for us is that the Survival Map also contains any human made point of this height, marked by a *. Based on this ideas a series of art works was created showing supertalls sticking out of the water or ice. The sole structures in the landscape remind you of the images in the Oblivion movie , but the images in Urban Land look even more surreal as the structures still look rather intact.

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If all the ice covering Antarctica, Greenland, and in mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters (230 feet) but that’s not the point here I guess.

Both series are on display at the Olivier Waltman Gallery in Paris until February 22. The project Web site can be found at www.unitedland.fr.

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