An artistic new poster, on sale at Etsy.

“I’m a big fan of large cities, and it always fascinates me how they’re little worlds in their own sense,” writes Reinhard Krug. Though the artist’s latest series of prints is called ‘Islands,’ his collaged images of New York, Sydney and Cape Town appear more like floating asteroids, coated with a barnacle-like crust of skyscrapers and infrastructure.

In making these intergalactic visual allusions, Krug’s urban portraits depict iconic cities in abstract isolation, reminiscent to the tiny worlds of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. Meanwhile, the saturated hues of the prints mimic the painted photographs once churned into postcards, evoking the same “wish you were here” sentiment that is forthcoming yet, at the same time, innately distant to the viewer.

Pick up a limited edition print on Etsy.

Islands, New York
Islands, New York

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: A stylish new funeral parlor called Exit Here in London.
    Design

    Death Be Not Dull

    U.K. restaurateur Oliver Peyton’s newest project, a style-forward funeral home called Exit Here, aims to shake up a very traditional industry.

  2. Maps

    The Three Personalities of America, Mapped

    People in different regions of the U.S. have measurably different psychological profiles.

  3. photo: Chris Burden's "Urban Light," installed at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, features several of L.A.'s historic streetlight styles.
    Design

    The Future of the Streetlight Might Be in the Past

    A new competition from the L.A. mayor’s office invites designers to reimagine the rich history of civic illumination and create next-generation streetlights.

  4. Life

    Talent May Be Shifting Away From Superstar Cities

    According to a new analysis, places away from the coasts in the Sunbelt and West are pulling ahead when it comes to attracting talented workers.

  5. photo: A Starship Technologies commercial delivery robot navigates a sidewalk.
    POV

    My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot

    A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future.

×