Irish artist David Thomas Smith's "Anthropocene" transforms satellite imagery of cities, sourced from Google Maps, into thought-provoking symmetrical designs influenced by the motifs seen in Persian rugs.
The gallery of reimagined cities takes the viewer on a vivid journey from Beijing to Silicon Valley, with an emphasis on the growing impact our ever-expanding societies cause to Earth. The experience "reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centers of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information, and excess," Smith says. "Thousands of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle."
"Anthropocene" is on display at Dublin's Copper House Gallery art house through April 16. The artist sells a limited number of his images in sizes ranging from a 2.9 foot by 3.6 foot print all the way up to a massive 4.9 foot by 7.3 foot option.
The 2,722-foot-high Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, disappears in the excess that surrounds the structure. A sown together network of city streets and artificial water creates a stunning spectacle. You can see the Burj and its colossal shadow near the corners of the image.