City in the Trees

I've noticed trend amongst some of my favorite artists -- fantasy cities in forests and trees. Of course, everyone has the childhood connection to tree houses. However, I see this trend as a need to connect back to nature. In many modern cities it seems that we lost our connection to the natural world and many of us yearn to get that connection back. Most of us have grown accustomed to the every day comforts and luxuries that modern cities bring us. These artist renderings are a way to merge those two worlds, modern day luxury and nature combined in harmony - cities growing in the trees.

works by Corrine Dean of Not to Pink

Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats show

Rainhorse detail collaboration between Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats

collaboration between Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats calender

Sketch of a city based on fireweed by Peter Hutchinson from Thrown Rope

Jennie Smith's Treehouse Calender for Little Otsu

Christopher Pattern from wallpaper designers Grow House Grow

from Roots to Fruits show by APAK

Illustrations by Yuuco of Blue Bonbon

Meet Me By the Creepy Tree by Souther Salazar

Forest City by Rob Alexander from Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes

Future City - a painting I did a few years ago

Also check out some crazy - actual tree house and tree house concepts at Inhabitat. Especially the treehouses from Free Spirit Spheres, they remind me of the scene in the Oompa Loompa village in the newer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also check out these renderings of the Green Towers, planned to be built in Seoul, South Korea.