Trains of the Future
A Celebration of Illustrators and Futurists
I start with images from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, a film that is still influential today.
|The Tower of Babel|
|Screen shot from the movie|
|Truly, a vertically integrated city, the workers got elevators, and the capitalists got autos, trains and planes.|
|Stop motion animation was used.|
|Pre-production conceptual artwork.|
|Of course, the whole idea of this illustration is to fill the frame with as many up and coming transportation modes as possible, and you will be seeing more suspended monorails.|
|A trio of fantastic early Soviet images again shows the fascination with aerial railways.|
|I guess the whole idea was "never touch the ground again."|
And now for some more practical visions of the vertical city:
Ah, order and sanity!
|And for the final image of Part 1, NYC in 1999, maybe they were already thinking about sea level rise?|
Coming, Part 2, Habit Trails for Humanity