150.000 x 40.000 inches
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Drawing - Pencil - Graphite On Illustration Board
Far from now, but not as far as you think, our sun begins to dim. It had gone nova, but not in the way we expected. A slight flash was all we saw - a large solar flare was all many tried to believe. But the numbers didn't lie. Soon it was obvious that there was a very real and pending deadline. For everything.
Several plans chosen from many proposals are put into action all at once. The most audacious is the 'Newstar'. Nations pooling their resources to construct a fleet of 'artificial suns' to be placed between us and our dying star, hoping to make up the deficit and buy us more time. Too much of which is burned building the first one, allowing doubt and distrust to fester and grow, fed by politics and greed. Pressure mounted and a scapegoat was produced. The 'father' of the device, the brilliant mind that created it, was cast aside and demonized.
The light still dimmed and the project pressed on. 31 years from the outset, it finally leaves the nest today. Tethered to massive trains, it makes it's way to a removed launching area. With it's hyper-magnetic nature forcing aircraft out of the sky, mechanical walking escorts are employed as the last layer of defense.
The impossible numbers and scale of everything associated with the Newstar are hailed as the pinnacle of mankind's achievements. A testament to what we're capable of by our intelligence, imagination, and dedication. The same could be said about the very presence of a lone saboteur laying in wait, concealed within a trackside lighting device. And when that shiny, round prize gets close enough, we might see an altogether different display of intelligence, imagination and dedication as the outcast returns to reclaim his baby.
Copyright 2012 Vincent Jimenez
(Full version posted in the blog)
Notes: This is the big one - thus far. Because of it's large size, it hasn't really been seen that often, spending a lot of time in storage. At least it's up on a wall in our house now. Across 5 40"x30" panels, I wanted to convey the massive scale I had in my head with this idea. I've also written a far more extensive treatment for this that I'll post elsewhere, sometime.
My passion for giant machinery meant that this was a definite labor of love - really delved into the design of the walking machines and trains. This is one particular concept I'd like to put into motion one day.
And, in case you missed it because the image is so large, thus small on your screen, zoom into the light on the far left and you'll see the face of the saboteur.
October 26th, 2012
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