Metropolitan Dreams: 5 Artists with Big City Visions

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Whether the concept of a densely populated cityscape makes you tense, causes jolts of excitement, or engenders feelings of loneliness, it’s likely to stir some kind of visceral reaction. Artists are constantly considering this complex relationship to our metropolitan environments and how the human psyche is influenced in close quarters. Photographer Alex Prager staged tableaux of crowds, Michael Wolf documented Hong Kong apartment buildings in “The Architecture of Density,” and many others have studied the shape and movement of population density.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up five artists whose work is an interesting interpretation of life in bustling places. From seamless designs of human interaction and minimal bird’s-eye views of crowds to abstract photographs of apartment buildings, view samples from each artist below, then click on their names to view their full portfolios and start following them yourself.

Zarja

Zarja | Crowd seamless pattern
Zarja | Crowd seamless pattern

leungchopan

leungchopan | Public apartment block in Hong Kong
leungchopan | Public apartment block in Hong Kong

Lienhard.Illustrator

Lienhard.Illustrator | Crowd of people
Lienhard.Illustrator | Crowd of people

Dahabian

Dahabian | Cityscape, hand-drawn vector
Dahabian | Cityscape, hand-drawn vector

Chief Crow Daria

Chief Crow Daria | Seamless pattern, big group of women
Chief Crow Daria | Seamless pattern, big group of women

Top image: Cityscape in Hong Kong by leungchopan

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