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These Intricate Neighbourhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

By Michael Hession on at

If you grew up in the suburbs, you know the windy labyrinth of roads and drives all too well. In these digital drawings, artist Ross Racine has constructed visions of a world where housing tracts truly know no bounds.

Racine's work is the result of some deft work with a pen and stylus in Photoshop and Illustrator. It may look like the houses and trees were cut and pasted from satellite imagery, but it's no so. All of the components start as freehand digital drawings, after which they are constructed into the elaborate landscapes below.

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

While the complexity of some of Racine's work can be hypnotizing, it's equally startling when you come to a piece with only a tiny isolated patch of housing surrounding by empty space. The formal variance gives each image its own flavour of dystopia—from the rigorously symmetrical grid to the chaotic loops with no escape. They all represent grim visions of urban planning extended to scary lengths.

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

See more of Ross Racine's work on his website.

[This Isn't Happiness]