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Future Cape Town by Zirngibl Future Cape Town by Zirngibl
This was created for Chad Lesch's master's thesis at the OCAD University Inclusive Design department. The aim was to envision a unified Cape Town, approximately 150 years in the future, centered around the concept of "ubuntu." The image was used to inspire other artists such as fashion designers and musicians, as part of the same project. 

Some notes on it: 
This was primarily designed to be printed large and viewed up close in an exhibt. I wanted people to linger on it, and sacrificed the quick read for the details. 
I modeled much of this in 3DS Max, rendered in Mental Ray, and put a lot of 2D finish work into it using Photoshop.

A statement for it: 
The city's priority is sustainability, reflecting the nurturing aspects of nature in alignment with the conservationist values of its South African population. It also celebrates indigenous art, taking inspiration from mandalas, vibrant color, and fractal recursion. The coast has been reshaped in the spirit of the Dutch, in response to rising sea levels and more severe storms.

Large artificial islands allow for common gathering places for culture and commerce, some permanently anchored and others transient. Solar energy is taken in part from large artificial trees above dense structures, which also function as docks for swarms of autonomous courier drones. Vertical farming and aquaponics are applied where possible, minimizing distance transportation and enabling local solidarity.
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ReaverPan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
nice ^^
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AleenaJ Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work
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thiagobluebird Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:o (Eek) Ohhh. this is so amazing!!!:happybounce: 
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GUZMAN-TANCO Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Amazing, amazing, amazing, greeting from Uruguay
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KleinGeo Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Wow :O
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RJAmakusa Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
An overtly optimistic view of the future. 
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, the client did want something that was positive.  I tend to pretend I'm *in* places I'm painting, so designing positive futures tends to help keep me engaged, hehe.  There are SO many dystopias out there that it's nice to help create a balance.  
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MrLynxZa27 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Beautiful
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Ururuty Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
very nice
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Dianote Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Congrats on the DD, this is breathtaking! :happybounce:
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Dianote Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Welcome! 
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lol20 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
.....Amazing O_O
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Super amazing art!!!

Pikachu Loves It Plz 
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Something like this is how I imagine Cape Town might look in the universe of Overwatch. I hope this is the future that awaits South Africa!

Congrats on the DD!
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Catgirldstr11 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
The colors are dazzling! :heart: Your world building is as impressive as your staggering artistic talent! Congratulations!
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jesshalen Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
amazing color!
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
Stunning - I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town in 2009 - and I love this re-imagining.
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dominikgschwind Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
hej Kirsten.... lovely fantasy
I'll have it in my favorites :-)
thank's
cheers from Switzerland
Dominik
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McRigged Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I'm not as good as this artist but,can some people who want to be nice and really are into paintings watch me?
it would make me really happy.
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sojourn-00 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  New Deviant
I want to be this good n the future. Keep up the good work.
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BlazRa Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  New Deviant Professional General Artist
It's candy metropolis!
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BlazRa Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  New Deviant Professional General Artist
If you zoom in on the candy Bridge you will notice a guy shaking another guy!
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BlazRa Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  New Deviant Professional General Artist
If only cities looked like this for real.
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Simanion Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is truly incredible. I wish I could execute a landscape like this!
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Andi-T10 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The balance of colour and detail is just so amazing:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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Naomi2449 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Amazing!!!
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:iconelminino:
elminino Featured By Owner May 5, 2017   General Artist
sensational work
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Scroobidoobidoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Man I love these
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Thepenguinrapist Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I would love to live in a city like this! 
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Giantessica Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing detail.  A breath of fresh air from the usual "darkness" associated with future landscapes.  Great work!
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I really like to feel like I can go "inside" my places.  Wanting to be there helps motivate me to bring a piece to finish, so I doubt there are too many dark futures on my horizon.  I also think that if society focuses too much on what could go wrong, they are "training for it."  Or like how every driver who looks at something automatically starts steering towards it.  
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Giantessica Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true.
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1padaras Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
Wow... number of details is astounding O.O
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Brandon-Ellis Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish... I'd move down in a heartbeat, lol. One place in SA that actually would've gotten something right >u<

but cool concept, looks like a hella lotta modelling you did there.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It was a LOT of modeling.  I was able to recycle assets from some previous projects though.  Right now I'm trying to build up my shape arsenal for personal work.  One reason I spent so much time building this one up was that I own the 3D models made as part of the agreement, so I can reuse them in the future now!
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Brandon-Ellis Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, that's pretty smart!
And that detail doe 0.o
By far the most creative Eco-friendly concept I've ever seen (and for once, everything isn't just green, lol)
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah, you're right, the color tends to be pretty monotonous within the green-future-architecture stuff.  And most of the infrastructure itself is blindingly white.
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Chuymage Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful piece. Just want to let you know that your work both amazes and inspires me. Thanks for being awesome.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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