A tech­nol­ogy fan­tasy: Guangyu Li's city of the fu­ture

Idealog - - THE IDEA LOG -

To cre­ate an art­work that rep­re­sented our tech­nol­ogy sec­tor reach­ing new heights, we called upon friend of the Idea­log fam­ily Guangyu Li, a tal­ented 3D mo­tion graphic artist and 24-year-old who is about to grad­u­ate from Me­dia De­sign School in Auck­land. Armed with a list of some of New Zealand’s top tech com­pa­nies, Li was told to in­ter­pret what a tech­nol­ogy-driven econ­omy could look like in a fu­ture Auck­land ci­tyscape. He says he drew in­spi­ra­tion for his piece from sci-fi films like In­ter­stel­lar and Blade Run­ner, but ul­ti­mately came up with his own take on the fu­tur­is­tic city genre. He also went on a creative jour­ney to fig­ure out the cen­tre piece of the im­age: the Sky Tower. While the ini­tial draft showed anti-grav­ity ‘rocks’ float­ing around the top of the Sky Tower, Li and Idea­log’s Wade Wu de­cided an anti-grav­ity power structure at the base of the build­ing was a more re­al­is­tic pos­si­bil­ity, in terms of in­ven­tions. “The de­sign out­come came from my in­tu­ition and through ac­tion-based de­sign of con­struct­ing and mix­ing dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­ture,” Li says. “The pe­riod of the time I grew up in also plays an un­de­ni­able role, such as the look and feel of video games from the 80s and 90s. I had to find a fine line be­tween my in­flu­ences and the recog­nis­able iden­tity of the Sky Tower in its cur­rent shape.”

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