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Post-Apocalyptic Ecotopias

This Nick Pedersen Series is Fiercely Enviromental

— June 19, 2012 — Eco
In this series titled 'Ultima,' Philadelphia-based illustrator Nick Pedersen seeks to convey the often-contentious relationship between contemporary humanity and nature. In particular, he explores how technology and infrastructure contrast and conflict with the natural world. He also aims to reveal the differences between contemporary, technological cultures and more pastoral ones. Much of the series seeks to convey the inevitable power of nature in contrast with the fragility of humanity.

Pedersen portrays scenes from a post-apocalyptic world, in which human-made structures crumble back into nature. Suburban neighborhoods are enveloped by plants and weeds as cities are flooded. The world depicted in this series is what Nick Pedersen calls an "ecological utopia." An implication of this label, is that the natural world cannot exist in a perfect state without the absence of technological humanity.
Trend Themes
1. Post-apocalyptic Ecotopias - Exploring the contrast and conflict between technology and nature, this trend presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in sustainable and eco-friendly solutions.
2. Nick Pedersen Series - Artistic representations of a post-apocalyptic world and its ecological utopia inspire opportunities for disruptive innovation in urban planning, architecture, and environmental conservation.
3. Contemporary Humanity and Nature - The portrayal of the power of nature and the fragility of humanity in this series offers disruptive innovation opportunities in climate change adaptation, renewable energy, and sustainable living.
Industry Implications
1. Illustration - The 'Ultima' series by Nick Pedersen opens up opportunities in the illustration industry to provide visually impactful narratives about the relationship between technology and nature.
2. Urban Planning - The post-apocalyptic scenes in the artwork of Nick Pedersen prompt a reconsideration of urban planning strategies for a more sustainable and nature-friendly future.
3. Environmental Conservation - The 'Ultima' series serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving the natural world, offering an opportunity for disruptive innovation in environmental conservation strategies and initiatives.
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