*Can’t see the trees
Can’t see the sun
Can’t hear the breeze
Nature’s undone

Concrete towers
No short supply
They all devour
Both sun and sky

People all stacked
In towers floors
And each floor packed
To towers core

There is no space
Crowds smother me
There is no place
That feels free

Sounds that are brought
From city’s toys
Can’t hear own thought
Through endless noise

This urban sprawl
No life for me
Rural my call
Amongst the trees*

This fractal artwork was inspired by two different thoughts, both thoughts came simultaneously from a scene on the TV series ‘CSI-New York’. The scene was one taken from a helicopter with a wide angle lens looking straight down the sides of the skyscrapers towards the street as they flew along.

The first thought was how the scene had a very Escher type effect to it that I enjoyed. The second thought was of how people lived in New York… literally on top of one another. I am not the big city type, and would be very claustrophobic living in an environment such as this. I much prefer having wildlife and nature surrounding my home out here in the boonies.

I wanted to try and capture both the perspective and the feeling of people being crowded on top of one another. This is what I tried to portray in this artwork. If Escher designed condominiums, this is what they would look like! LOL

The original artwork is 6000 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. It was created in Apophysis. The gradient was created in ApoMap, a gradient editor commonly used with Apophysis. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a couple of detail cutaways below.


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  • Gramia97
    Gramia97over 5 years ago

    wonderful work – just love the feel of it.

  • Thank you so much, Debbie!

    – ArtByDrew

  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Taylorover 5 years ago


  • :) Thank you, Judi!!

    – ArtByDrew

  • JenLand
    JenLandover 5 years ago

    Wow! Is right! Awesome work Drew. Escher is one of my favs and this definitely has that feel to it. I’m with you on the city dwelling………I’m fortunate enough to live within about 300 yards of the border of National Forest. Can’t fathom living with all that mass of humanity and traffic and concrete………….. :o)

  • Thank you, Jen! I have lived in the biggest cities as well as in the middle of the wilderness, and I’ll take the middle of the wilderness any day.

    – ArtByDrew

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouilleover 5 years ago

    Wow! The depth and persptive are incredible. I also love the colours and unusual composition. Fabulous work! :)

  • Thank you, Laci! I reworked the curves over 25 times on this one trying to give it a ‘vertigo’ effect. I knew I had it right when my wife told me it made her feel like she was falling! LOL

    – ArtByDrew

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago
    excellent ! I love how it looks like the top of a city looking down
  • Thank you so much, Elaine!

    – ArtByDrew

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 5 years ago

    fabulous image!!!

  • Thank you Daisy and Alex!

    – ArtByDrew

  • digitalillusion
    digitalillusionover 5 years ago

    Excellent Apo creation

  • Thank you so much, digitalillusion!

    – ArtByDrew

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeover 5 years ago

    SO COOL!!!!!

  • Thank you, Teri!!

    – ArtByDrew

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 5 years ago

    Excellent, very intriguing 3d art

  • Thank you, Thea!

    – ArtByDrew

  • sharka69
    sharka69about 3 years ago

    Very interesting!

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