Saturday, 4 October 2014

Invisible Cities Set 14 and 15

    Found time for thumbnails for the last of the invisible cities. Although I have to say Zenobia was an interesting city to look into as one built on stilts. I felt I had a lot off reedom of arrangement; was each house on a stilt? Were thehouses arranged onto cluster like platforms? I figured this was a fisherman's city given the use of corrosion-proof zinc in building construction and the large ocllections of fishing poles and water barrels that the description indicates to be everywhere. There are probably plenty of fishmongers' shops as well as weavers, coopers and maybe the odd ironworker. Maybe the barren ground underneath it was once a dried-up body of water (or its dry periodically). Zenobia is definitely a surprise exploration as I was coming up with it while wrapping up my thumbnails only for it to show itself as an intriguing place to explore.
    I got some strong Caligari vibes from examining some parts of Zirma, particularly talks of a man going mad in his apartment. Another thing that came to mind with the city was the idea of generalisations, where the presence of the uncommon or the peculiar gets perceived as the norm. Polo mentioned that he recalled women with pet pumas everywhere and subway cars filled with fat ladies while his friends only recalled the one during their visits. Perhaps the city exerts a vibe (as Polo was suggesting) of sorts that the strange or the rare gets seen as the norm to either all or specific visitors? Maybe something in the air? in the water? on billboards? On local radio stations? Who knows.
    Phyllis was a peculiar city to put it lightly. There was so much about the city's aesthetic, as if it was put together by an army of experimenting architects; various diferent bridges, columns, doors, windows etc. that it does potentially exude a feeling of appearing messy. I wanted to extend this to the interiors as well; various models of furnituare; clocks, chairs, tables, curtains, none of it matching, none of it making sense. I thought about extending it to the streets too, with all varieties of tarmac and cobblestone, eve nthe arranagement, the rooves to to explore a vibe that this city takes architecture and styles from everywhere and explores it all at the same time.

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