[Esc] from the concrete jungle at 1 lux by herold

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My first XL project. This painting measures 2.30 × 1.80 metres.

Best be viewed on a large screen (try your local movie theater).

It represents the complexity of modern buildings and the difficulty of escaping them in case of an emergency. It is also is about wanting to escape the modern big city life and the concrete structures that can be so horrifying at times.

The 1 lux mentioned in the title refers to the minimum level of lighting that is required to be able to leave a building safely (European standard EN 1838).

The sights of the city are blinding me
With everything I can see
Street signs and telephone lines
Traffic lights

The crowds on the sidewalk rush by me
While they go where they have to be
And the feeling is so uptight
None of it seems right

Good bye city life
Good bye city life
Good bye city life

Look at you
Where you going to
Do you find that piece of mind that you’re trying to
Deep inside of you
So you thought that you’re feeling too cold
Down, feeling down with your face to the ground
You save for tomorrow, but today
You throw it away, throw it away
Start to think nothing you hold to is real
Save for tomorrow, but today
You throw it away, throw it away
Hammer the tower to the floor
Wait for the men to come knock at your door
Come to tell you to stand up and to fight for the cause

It’s just part of the whole design
They’re trying to break your mind
Good bye city life
Good bye city life
From the way that our lives begin
They’re just trying to keep you in
Good bye city life

Good bye city life

Can we turn out the light
Can we please turn out the light
Let’s turn out the light

Tow the world turns around on you
Turning round
Turning round
The machine is slowing down on you
Slowing down
Slowing down

Lyrics from the song ‘Good bye City Life’ by Devon Graves (Deadsoul Tribe)

If you like to see the proces of the making of this painting, please take a look at my journal .


I enjoy painting abstracts. I love to use different techniques to create an image. I love it when a painting just happens. No thoughts, no plans, just colors, brushes, sponges and all sorts of materials and tools. Whatever is effective.

I have a great admiration for authentic artists. The passion always shows in their art. This is my aim. To make authentic art that radiates.

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  • dasSuiGeneris
    dasSuiGenerisover 4 years ago

    Wow, Herold, this is quite amazing! I really like this a lot. It was interesting to read your journal as to the creative process. Very Good Job! I like how the running man seems to be fleeing the ‘danger zone’ as depicted by the red… my thoughts. Also, I really like the view at right, here, at an angle… it seems to add even more motion and urgency to your running man’s dilemma. Excellent job!

  • Thank you very much for taking the time to read the journal and give this detailed feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    – herold

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 4 years ago

    Harold I must admit that this topic is something that concerns me deeply. The concrete jungle that we live in today; I personally don’t think that this is good for our psyche. Too many unhappy people! Youngsters lost in the jungle, many afraid to venture out or mix. How sad is all this? This reminds me of something that Albert Camus once wrote…..Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.………
    Like your work today….*to remind people in the future about something from the past! And it was created by you….. Wishing you every success with this new series Harold. I can tell that you have made an excellent start! Wishing you a creative and inspiring week!Sx

    A very impressive collection of work, words, thoughts, music and energy! A success Harold!Sx

  • Thank you for taking the time to look at this painting and giving such a thoughtful comment, Sophie. We share the same thought.

    – herold

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 4 years ago

    P.S. Must be viewed in a large format!

  • Indeed:
    Best be viewed on a large screen (try your local movie theater).

    – herold

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...over 4 years ago

    This painting mekes you think about as to how we view life and about our choices we take….

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Anivad.

    – herold

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