Amazing Cityscape Art Made From Unusual Objects

Most of us played with building blocks to create our own make believe buildings and cities. Fortunately, not all of us outgrew this habit. Here are some cityscape artworks made from unusual objects like egg, cookware, and Jell-O. Yes. Jell-O.

(Yes, we've featured many of these artists before on Neatorama, but it's kind of neat to see them all in one place.)

Unreal Scene (2008) by Liu Jianhua


Photo: cinghialino [Flickr]


Photo: cinghialino [Flickr]

Chinese artist Liu Jianhua created this cityscape of Shanghai out of poker chips and dice. You can fill in the part about the metaphor of a city's growth and economic development to risk taking, gambling, and chance all by yourself. Part of a solo exhibition at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy.

More about Liu Jianhua at ArtZineChina | Unreal Scene at designboom

San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok


Bay Bridge (2005), San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok


The City (2005), San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok


Liz Hickok and her Twin Peaks in Jell-O, complete with "fog."

San Francisco may be prone to earthquakes, but things never seem so jiggly as when artist Liz Hickok made a cityscape of Baghdad-by-the-Bay out of ... Jell-O!

Check out more of Liz's fantastic San Francisco in Jell-O at her website: Link

San Francisco Cityscape with Cookware


On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from the Sierra by Zhang Wang

What is it about San Francisco that inspired so many artists? Here's one by Zhan Wang, who used stainless steel pots and pans, as well as silverware to create his cityscape: Link

Egg City

I don't know much about the background of this Egg City, but it's doubly eggscellent because it's also the image of a RMB 50 bill! (Previously on Neatorama)

Biscuit City by Sang Dong

In his installation titled "Eating the City," Chinese artist Sang Dong used about 72,000 biscuits, including "digestives, chocolate digestives, rich tea, hobnobs, caramels and fruit shortcake."

When his assistant remarked that she wanted to have a biscuit or two after the exhibition was completed but worried whether the biscuits would be stale, Dong had a sage advice: "Go for the ones at the bottom."

More at BBC: Link

Atlantis Cityscape

Artist Gayle Chong Kwan used hundreds of old plastic bottles and food packagings to create a cityscape of the lost city of Atlantis: Link

Colour Reading and Contexture by Jacob Dahlgren

At first I thought Jacob Dahlgren used books to create this virtual cityscape installation called "Colour Reading and Contexture," but those are actually colored tiles and wooden blocks. Still it's pretty cool! Link

Urville by Gilles Tréhin

Urville is an island off Côte d'Azur, between Cannes and St. Tropez. If you've never heard of it, that's because it exists only in the mind of a savant named Gilles Tréhin.

Gilles started building Urville, named after Durmont d'Urville, a French scientific base in the Antarctic, when he was 12. Now, he has hundreds of detailed drawings, as well as a "historical" narrative on the founding of the city. Link

Previously on Neatorama: 10 Most Fascinating Savants in the World

Cityscape II by Grace Grothaus

For her exhibition titled "Uncharted Terrain," Grace Grothous made an imaginary topographic landscale out of discarded circuit boards. The little buildings are the circuitries that are part of the boards! Link

Jerusalem Sphere by Frank Meisler


Jerusalem Sphere, replica of "Jerusalem Fountain" by Frank Meisler
Photo: Jerry [Picasa]

Inspired by ancient maps showing Jerusalem as a circular city, Frank Meisler created this sculpture of the city in the form of a sphere. It is a replica of the Jerusalem Fountain, commissioned by the King Solomon Hotel. Link

RPM-1200 "Junk City" by Enoki Chu


Photo: Keizo Kioku


Photo: Yuto Kirakakiuchi

Japanese artist Enoki Chu created his futuristic cityscape out of polished old drill bits and machine parts: Link

Bonus: CityScape Coat Hanger

If you love cityscape art, then you'll dig these CityScape Coat Hangers by sixxis. These laser-cut coat hangers are illustrated with the skylines of five cities: Link

If you have anything to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comment section!


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Thank you for these - very inspiring. I have a cookbook that says "the urge to build is always with us, no matter how unsuitable the materials..." in a section about making houses out of cake. Well, who hasn't done that? They're missing out on a lot of fun!
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