News From The Future: French artist Fabien Barrau’s visions of cities and landmarks after “climate change apocalypse”

French digital artist Fabien Barrau has created a series of renderings that show what famous landmarks worldwide could look like after a “climate change apocalypse”

The series, entitled News From The Future, uses drone photography captured by the artist himself as well as stock images to create montages that depict famous city landmarks including Paris’s Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe, and New York City’s Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty submerged in water or overrun by desert.

In one image, two whales swim above Paris’s Arc de Triomphe which is shown deep under water with the rest of the surrounding buildings embedded in the sea bed. In a second image, rising sea levels encroach upon the Statue of Liberty in New York. And in a third image, New York’s Empire State Building is left in ruins in the desert, where the city once stood.

Other images also show Rome’s Colosseum buried in sand and Paris’s Eiffel Tower a desert ruins.

The Paris-based artist also depicts cities such as Chicago reclaimed by nature with vines spilling out from open windows of skyscrapers.

Fabien Barrau told Dezeen: “”I try to imagine what would happen in the event of desertification, the rise of the oceans or the tropicalisation of a region.

“My motivation for this series was how to influence awareness of climate change and the urgency to act every day according to one’s means and power.” 

All images: Fabien Barrau

Fabien Barrau

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 


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