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Cities in Motion

Cities in Motion

written by: Tom Ball

 

Garth was a dreamer who liked to dream of surreal, abstract Worlds. He painted Worlds of the future with domes and artistic buildings and air cars and moving tracks for pedestrians, and architecturally interesting moving track bridges over waterways and between buildings. There were some undersea domes of light which he also painted. Many of the buildings he painted were colored lights and paintings and some had poetry screens on their exterior. He was ahead of his time, but he said, “If I can imagine it, it will come true.”
He also painted just one structure beneath some domes and painted some amazing interiors that were surreal. Some interiors were mirrors and had films on the walls with subliminal pictures of models and drinks in surreal art. He built some stand-alone buildings which were airtight and surreal also.
Garth set his paintings to original music that he had composed. Through time lapse photography he showed buildings changing their shape and form. This was yet to happen for real.
The paintings gave off various scents. A mixture of good food smells, aromatic plants and herbs and perfumes, mixed together.
If you touched one of his paintings, you would magically be transported as a hologram and really be inside the city. So, the paintings were alive!
All of his cities had various themes, like snake-headed architecture or cat-bodied structures or golden buildings or platinum buildings or structures in bronze or like Frank Lloyd Wright.
It was really a combination of things that made Garth great. Many of his paintings were actually built in Space. Why not? As it turned out, there was a fine line between his moving pictures and reality! Some lived as holograms inside his paintings.
Some called him, “The greatest artist of all time.” But he said, “I was just standing on the shoulders of giants.”
People came to call his art, “Cities in motion.” After he started designing future cities, all new cities in Space were made of movable pictures and parts, and never looked the same twice.

Tom Ball

Tom Ball

Tom Ball has published novels, novellas, short stories and flash in “Green Wall,” “Down in the Dirt magazine,” “Defenestrationism,” “Exterminating Angel“ “Conceit Magazine and its imprints” “Gargoyle Magazine,” “Spillwords.com,” “PBW magazine,” “Fleas on the Dog Online,” “Sparrow’s Trumpet,” “TRSFR/ Sip Cup,” “Poetry Pacific,” “Planisphere Quarterly,” “The Local Train Magazine,” “Alternate Route,” “Lone Star Magazine,” “postcardshorts” and others. Tom is currently a senior editor at “FLEAS ON THE DOG.”
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