The Italian artist imagining eerie futuristic cities

Inspired by films like “Blade Runner,” Costa uses the visual language of science-fiction in his work. Credit: Giacomo Costa

n Italian artist Giacomo Costa’s imagined urban landscapes, shadowy concrete apartment buildings are stacked high, devoid of human presence. In other images he depicts sculptural feats of architecture, their damaged facades eclipsing towering skylines. More of his scenes reveal the husks of buildings overgrown with dense, green plants as woods overtake the remains of empty cities.
 
Costa’s imagery strikes an unsettling tone, reminiscent of urban centers recently put under strict lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the artist has been envisaging empty, futuristic metropolises since 1996.
 
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