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Urban Agriculture by juliedillon Urban Agriculture by juliedillon
This was a piece I did a few months ago for Crossed Genres' "Science in my Fiction" publication. A robot has been carefully tending gardens planted on abandoned highway overpasses. :)

Edit: I know it doesn't make any sense. I'm sorry. :(
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62-6f-62 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant artwork!!

I think that we need what your image portrays, maybe not the robot, but definitely urban agriculture, without food, we are dead. Production in the masses, not mass production.
JuTheLegend Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Don't ever apologize for your work. Your art speaks to people and that's important. I don't know what it was about "Artificial Dreams" but it hit me hard. I actually teared up looking at it. No joke. Your art made me cry. I think it's the expression on his face that gets me....
Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Aw, he is a real boy. :D
YSLiao Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
!!! I saw this somewhere online, Pinterest maybe, and never knew where it came from. What a pleasant surprise to stumble upon the artist for this! :D
Elf-Under-Cover Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
No, this is a wonderful set up for a story! I love it!
rachelbostwick Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Writer
I can't even tell you how much I love this. It's a fantastic juxtaposition of organic and mechanical.
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Outstanding work, bravo!
ninja-kitties Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is perfect! I'm sure there could be a good story behind why your robot is growing vegetables. I like the design; very Asimov.
Myrethy Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I came across this on the Internet once and fell in love with it, so YES! I FOUND IT AGAIN! :squee:
IxthArcana Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Machine and organic life - love the combo :)
BWS2K Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
It may not make sense, but it sure does compute...!
lol, Yeah, it was lame, but I love your work!
MiralukaNaima Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This piece of art reminds me the great master Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky. So it is very much make sense if you know the animation. It is obviously not a fanart but it has same spirit. I loved it!!
Pip-Squeak-Of-Trees Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Wow, this is beautiful. I love the way the robot is pausing to look up at a butterfly, of all things.
Shiegra Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Writer
This is so lovely, and so poignant, evoking an image of looming destruction and the blossoming of hope; the barren industrial wonders reclaimed, in a way, by their own. It's just SO GORGEOUS, and the whole piece holds so much emotion; the lush, softened life-filled beauty of the flowers and the delicate beauty of the plants, the gentle signs of labour and dedication. I love the detail of the shovel, and the network of roots spreading across the wall, and the emotion the robots gentle posture is laden with, especially with the gorgeous and vivid burst of colour against his chest - at the risk of sounding unrepentantly soppy, near where his heart might be - and the humanness of the way he cradles the basket, supporting it. And carrots! And radishes! I have such irrational fondness for that because it looks like my mother's shopping from the farmer's market or out of our own garden.

It's just an utterly evocative, and I think it makes perfect sense: like a really good piece of art, it not only tells a thousand words of story, it tells a thousand words of multiple stories, all of them equally fascinating and emotionally engaging; the robot with emotion, the breakdown of the sophisticated concrete network of sterile highways or at least their intended utilization, the earth reclaiming it and the tin man, so to speak, built for the exact opposite nurturing that life.
Prof-Stein Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's beautiful because it DOESN'T make sense. ;)
shadowart-ist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   General Artist
so beautiful
Mhateos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful ! & it's a nice vision of future, the butterfly seems to be very mysterious, and robots more sage than humans !
DjTurtleSoup Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Simply amazing on how the depth and color are in this picture, beautiful in other words and i love the fantasy sci-fi mix
soft-sound Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess someone needed some food. Aliens, deer or people I'm sure one of them is hungry.
VanessaManic Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Why, it is very nice! Well-drawn, and reminds me of Isaac Asimov.
Combination of natural objects, butterfly and a robot and a neglected city is good. =)
StarBuddha Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
You apologize for the piece not making sense? No artist should do that. It makes perfect sense, it's paints an extremely vivid and mysterious story. Wow. I find this to be very emotional. This is fantastic!
BuiltUpArea Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Love the picture. Isaac Asimov once wrote a story in which the people all disappeared. The machines that ran the world kept working and producing food though there was no one to benefit.
queeslavidasinamor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
well nature does over time it makes perfect sense..i can almost see an amazing story about this, you are highly talented and capture emotions and moments beautifully :)
Thrasher2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Great concept!
patzeh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. I had a dream about something similar to this. This piece is definately one of my top favorite artwork in this whole site
ThatHenryKid Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A man,
consumed with his attempt to live forever.
As his body died,
slowly transformed his body into machinery.
All thats remains human is his brain, and stomach.
Forgotten what it is to feel.
Forgotten how it was to be fragile.

A butterfly reminds him.
hisako Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
it doesn't have to make sense. but it makes sense to me.. lol
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Oh man I've been wanting to do an urban decay piece for awhile. So glad to see other artists playing with the idea and between you and me, you're more qualified to pull it off. While having gardens on highways certainly sounds very scenic, it probably isn't logical but oh hell this is art. No need to be logical here.
El-Dudetta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I really really adore this concept, and the use of light is lovely.
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I love both the concept and the illustration. Fantastic mix of colors and contrast that make it vivid without being too bold.
MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG OMG I like it.
NixGaunt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Sense? It doesn't have to make sense! Wow, this is so beautiful. I don't know why.
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ScionSoul2500 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
this is exactly what i am looking for!
llArisull Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I /love/ this picture. Truly adore it to bits.
It reminds me of the short story "There will comes soft rains", when all of the human race dies because of a nuclear radiation. But the house that the story revolves around continues on, because it is a smart house. It continues on in it's everyday tasks.
This picture really grasps that sense for me.
Good job!
mrTwisby Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Just beautiful... =)
alufblufunk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an awesome piece here!
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! This deviation has been featured HERE and HERE! I hope you like the feature and have a very blessed day! :heart:
JusTalitha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Love, Love, Love it! We must put it in the show! Please?
RiTA-pIta Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
heh ever heard of vertical farms? they could be coming soon
Silnaur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the mix of robotic and natural in this <3
Rome03 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
i love the atomsphere of the picture, plants and the city , that a amazing combniation
Beatrix-White Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
really nice
Van-Oost Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omnius666 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing as usual :)
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BenSonkkila Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love this one Masterful arrangement!:#1:
FridgeLogic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
love it:rose:
Lweeling Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the idea behind the illustration, it's nice! :D
CrazyIdealist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
As a devout lover of ecovillages, I would like to inform you that this picture is MADE OF WIN.
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