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(io9)   Digital paintings show how 20 years of decay after the fall of humankind might affect some iconic buildings   (io9.com) divider line 120
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2014-08-06 12:09:02 AM  
It's interesting how the skies are so much cloudier 20 years after the fall of humankind.
 
2014-08-06 12:23:14 AM  
Reminds me of "Life After People".
 
2014-08-06 12:53:44 AM  
Some of those are poorly done.

/just sayin'
 
2014-08-06 01:29:33 AM  
i.imgur.com

Bad news for Rick, Will and Holly.
 
2014-08-06 01:40:11 AM  
Why are their lights on in the post-apocalypse kremlin? And the London power plant went back into production? What kind of world ending event was this?
 
2014-08-06 01:44:15 AM  
Doesn't make sense that the smokestacks are smoking.
 
2014-08-06 01:53:04 AM  
In the world I see - you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.
 
2014-08-06 02:40:26 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Some of those are poorly done.

/just sayin'


most, if not all of them are terrible
it is almost as if an artist with ZERO understanding of engineering and physics wanted to do something pretty

pretty stupid ...

golden gate would be completely pulled down
shard thing, cant fall part way, did you NOT see the WTC fall? they didnt TILT, they fell DOWN
that would tilt and the collapse ...

most of the rest are equally absurd ...
 
2014-08-06 03:11:33 AM  

Dr.Fey: Doesn't make sense that the smokestacks are smoking.


Came to mention this. After 20 years you'd think everything that could have burned already would have.
 
2014-08-06 06:20:17 AM  
I like the bit about Rome's Colosseum lasting roughly 2000 years... but another 20? No way.

Also, all the statuary that loses heads and things, after surviving hundreds of years, suddenly being destroyed by a couple decades of neglect.
 
2014-08-06 06:43:54 AM  

Kredal: I like the bit about Rome's Colosseum lasting roughly 2000 years... but another 20? No way.

Also, all the statuary that loses heads and things, after surviving hundreds of years, suddenly being destroyed by a couple decades of neglect.


You answered your own question,  All of the relics of old have been actively maintained by mankind there weren't neglected.

Bathia_Mapes: Reminds me of "Life After People".


^^This^^  Looks like the author caught an episode of life after people and said that would be awesome to make some screencaps.  Must be a very slow newsday over there.
 
2014-08-06 06:44:23 AM  
If someone were to dig up before pictures to go with yesterday's "decay of Soviet stuff" you'd have a good post apocalypse thingy.
 
2014-08-06 06:45:22 AM  
THE DISTANT FUTURE... THE YEAR 2000...

... when robots ruled the world!


Didn't they do a crapy series on this on SyFy or something a few years ago?
 
2014-08-06 06:50:16 AM  
As a series, do those paintings infer that Russia wins WW3?
 
2014-08-06 06:51:50 AM  
Most of those would take way more than 20 years to decay. I like how the artist just threw in random vehicle in almost every shot.
 
2014-08-06 06:54:40 AM  
It's been done

level3.icflix.com
 
2014-08-06 06:54:53 AM  
The rate at which a structure would decay in a post-human world is proportional to the amount of active maintenance and repair required while people are around. The less a building requires normal maintenance, the longer it will last without humans around. Water is the biggest short-term threat (0 to 30 years)-- once the roof and windows start leaking, building decay is accelerated due to rotting and vegitation. In the medium term (30 to 100 years) large "storms of the century" could cause signficant damage to water-weakened buildings. In the longer term (100 to 1000 years) seismic activity would take care of the rest. Beyond that, the earth will eventually be swallowed up by the sun...
 
2014-08-06 06:56:41 AM  
It's funny when you look at street scenes on shorpy.com how everything is seriously filthy and cluttered and dilapidated.  And that was the past.  The future?  Somebody tell future boy that photoshop isn't a crystal ball.
 
2014-08-06 06:57:00 AM  
I like the random abandoned car they put in most of them.  "Digital Paintings"?  Really how about check out these photoshops.
 
2014-08-06 06:57:16 AM  
Lets hope that series of digital paintings is the only submental part of my day.
 
2014-08-06 07:03:15 AM  
So, Detroit?
 
2014-08-06 07:05:24 AM  

TNel: I like the random abandoned car they put in most of them.  "Digital Paintings"?  Really how about check out these photoshops.


I noticed that too. If there are no humans, how did they get there?
 
2014-08-06 07:05:32 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Some of those are poorly done.

/just sayin'


If you're going to do something unoriginal, you may as well not give it you're all.
 
2014-08-06 07:08:02 AM  
Why is it people always assume without people all flowers would die?
 
2014-08-06 07:14:29 AM  

Kredal: I like the bit about Rome's Colosseum lasting roughly 2000 years... but another 20? No way.

Also, all the statuary that loses heads and things, after surviving hundreds of years, suddenly being destroyed by a couple decades of neglect.


Yeah, I noticed that too.

eas81:  You answered your own question,  All of the relics of old have been actively maintained by mankind there weren't neglected.

But it's not like we need to periodically glue the head back on that statue.  Much of the damage you see in that isn't just stuff that's overgrown, with perhaps a broken window or two.  It's entire structures with significant damage that must have come from something *OTHER* than neglect, especially when it comes to the buildings made out of stone.
 
2014-08-06 07:20:11 AM  
www.nextnature.net

Go 'way.  BAITIN'.
 
2014-08-06 07:23:20 AM  
What a load. So Sydney harbour bridge survives but Brunel's Clifton bridge falls away? That's just racism. The "artist" is just jealous because it's better than any bridge he ever made. So there.
 
2014-08-06 07:23:26 AM  
There's an awful lot of fires burning in the future.

/we didn't start the fire.
 
2014-08-06 07:23:45 AM  
readingsciencefiction.files.wordpress.com

/vaguely relevant postapocalyptia
 
2014-08-06 07:24:43 AM  
World's ending...better go steal parts of statues.
 
2014-08-06 07:24:46 AM  

Pocket Ninja: It's interesting how the skies are so much cloudier 20 years after the fall of humankind.


Chem-trails. EBOLA CHEM-TRAILS! (Summer, 2015 on ScyFy)
 
2014-08-06 07:26:20 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Pocket Ninja: It's interesting how the skies are so much cloudier 20 years after the fall of humankind.

Chem-trails. EBOLA CHEM-TRAILS! (Summer, 2015 on ScyFy)


EBOLANADO: The Ebolaning
 
2014-08-06 07:27:18 AM  

Peter Wimsey: There's an awful lot of fires burning in the future.

/we didn't start the fire.


Consider this:

1. For any survivors, that would be how they heat/cook/light/purify water/etc.

2. There won't be anyone to put out the fires.  They do happen spontaneous in some places.
 
2014-08-06 07:29:03 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Pocket Ninja: It's interesting how the skies are so much cloudier 20 years after the fall of humankind.

Chem-trails. EBOLA CHEM-TRAILS! (Summer, 2015 on ScyFy)


Technically, if they contain Ebola instead of, say, G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate, then they aren't technically "chem-trails", more like "bio-trails".
 
2014-08-06 07:31:00 AM  
And nothing much changed in Detroit.
 
2014-08-06 07:31:39 AM  

Peter Wimsey: There's an awful lot of fires burning in the future.

/we didn't start the fire.


Farking lightning. How does it work?
 
2014-08-06 07:32:31 AM  
assets0.ordienetworks.com
 
2014-08-06 07:43:30 AM  
As a Forester I have to point out that vegetation in general should feature more prominently in these scenes. It's like the buildings fell apart but the gardeners survived.
 
2014-08-06 07:44:01 AM  

dittybopper: GreatGlavinsGhost: Pocket Ninja: It's interesting how the skies are so much cloudier 20 years after the fall of humankind.

Chem-trails. EBOLA CHEM-TRAILS! (Summer, 2015 on ScyFy)

Technically, if they contain Ebola instead of, say, G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate, then they aren't technically "chem-trails", more like "bio-trails".


Of course, but we can all agree that whatever chemicals were used to synthesize and trailonize the Ebola would certainly burn hot enough to melt steel, yes? Link
 
2014-08-06 07:45:16 AM  
Reminds me of what a lot of buildings in New Orleans looked like after Katrina.   5 weeks after Katrina.

The earth starts it destructive reclaiming very rapidly.
 
2014-08-06 07:46:44 AM  

eas81: Kredal: I like the bit about Rome's Colosseum lasting roughly 2000 years... but another 20? No way.

Also, all the statuary that loses heads and things, after surviving hundreds of years, suddenly being destroyed by a couple decades of neglect.

You answered your own question,  All of the relics of old have been actively maintained by mankind there weren't neglected.

Bathia_Mapes: Reminds me of "Life After People".

^^This^^  Looks like the author caught an episode of life after people and said that would be awesome to make some screencaps.  Must be a very slow newsday over there.


The relics of old were maintained? If by maintained you mean neglected for centuries and dismantled for building materials, sure.

There is no reason why a stone wall that has stood for decades/centuries would crumble in 20 years without some outside calamity just because humans are gone.
 
2014-08-06 07:47:38 AM  
There is smoke coming out of the smokestacks, because aliens...............
 
2014-08-06 07:53:44 AM  
Guys, it's a commercial.

inspired by The Last of Us
 
2014-08-06 07:56:09 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.comethicsalarms.files.wordpress.commedia.tumblr.com

Or we could just re-post pictures of Detroit and Pripyat

/immediately went to the 1970s instead of Idiocracy, damn.
 
2014-08-06 07:56:15 AM  

DerAppie: eas81: Kredal: I like the bit about Rome's Colosseum lasting roughly 2000 years... but another 20? No way.

Also, all the statuary that loses heads and things, after surviving hundreds of years, suddenly being destroyed by a couple decades of neglect.

You answered your own question,  All of the relics of old have been actively maintained by mankind there weren't neglected.

Bathia_Mapes: Reminds me of "Life After People".

^^This^^  Looks like the author caught an episode of life after people and said that would be awesome to make some screencaps.  Must be a very slow newsday over there.

The relics of old were maintained? If by maintained you mean neglected for centuries and dismantled for building materials, sure.

There is no reason why a stone wall that has stood for decades/centuries would crumble in 20 years without some outside calamity just because humans are gone.


A great deal of ancient Rome was burned off for limestone.  The cats who came looking for some classic Greek and Romanesque frippery to jazz up the 17th century architecture largely found scraps and brought their pencils and papers to bring back sketches of genuine, uppity old school doo daddery the ark key techs who were trying to make NW Yoorip look all flashy and respectable since they had a metric fu*kton of money and everybody wanted to outclass their peasant neighbors.
 
2014-08-06 07:57:39 AM  
ring.cdandlp.com

So, in the future, there will be Pigs: 3 Different ones.
 
2014-08-06 08:00:13 AM  

Dr.Fey: Doesn't make sense that the smokestacks are smoking.


By this time the lizard people have made it their home and are feasting on smoked termites.
 
2014-08-06 08:00:52 AM  

MooseBayou: Reminds me of what a lot of buildings in New Orleans looked like after Katrina.   5 weeks after Katrina.

The earth starts it destructive reclaiming very rapidly.


That's Louisiana for you.

In the UK, you get meadow flowers and blackberry vines. And ferocious wild teapots waiting to pounce on a victim.
 
2014-08-06 08:07:32 AM  
sciencefictionruminations.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-06 08:14:47 AM  
Before:

i.imgur.com

After:

i.imgur.com

Improvement?

/Michigan Central Station, Detroit
 
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