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November 17, 2010
When first time I saw Primacore Station by ~Yakul I remembered The Dark Tower series of Stephen King I've read years ago. On that story there was a world in a parallel universe where the head character Gunslinger Roland living in. A world that is somewhat similar to the Old West but exists in an alternate time frame or parallel universe to ours. Roland exists in a place where ''the world has moved on.'' This world has a few things in common with our own such as towns, cities and train stations. And when I looked to that image I felt like Roland and his companion circle of the three; ''the sailor'' (Jake), ''the prisoner'' (Eddie Dean) ''the lady of shadows'' (Susannah Dean) just walked across and impressed by these plants found a way to grow through the earth of the Waste Lands.
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Finally...! This is what i've been working on the last weeks! It was done for the application for Game-Design studies in Berlin. I'm really curious whether they'll like it.
And of course I'm curious whether you like it, too. Tell me what ya think! :)

Actually, there's a not too short story going with this picture. But i'd really like YOU to imagine what has happened there. Where do you think this scenario takes place?

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This Image won a DOPE Award recently! Check out the dope award website: [link]

Thanks to `artofkerem for the feature!
And thanks to anyone who likes it and/or posts a comment or any critics here! I really appreciate it :)

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Anyone interested in the story and able to understand german language (original) or english (translated by google and corrected by *arphot and me), here it is:

german:
Anonymer Bericht zum Jahrestag des 14. Mai 2027, an dem eine nukleare Bombe im Herzen New
Yorks einschlug und binnen weniger Sekunden das Leben von 20 Millionen Menschen auslöschte.

New York, post-nuklear. 2024 erreicht die Weltbevölkerung erstmals die 8-Milliarden-Marke.
Hunger und Seuche dominieren den Großteil des Planeten; Armut nimmt selbst in den reichen
Industrienationen ungeahnte Ausmaße an. Regierungen verlieren an Einfluss, ächzend unter derLast der Korruption und dem Druck der Ökonomie.
Längst ist ein internationaler Streit um das Recht auf die letzten der Erde verbliebenen Ressourcen
entbrannt. Mithilfe von immer größeren Söldnerarmeen erpressen sich die Wirtschaftsbosse ihre
Monopolstellungen; ihre Skrupellosigkeit und Macht demonstrieren sie in blutigen Scharmützeln
um die restlichen Rohstoffquellen. Der Wert eines Menschenlebens nähert sich dem Nullpunkt...

Am 14. Mai 2027 kommt es zur Eskalation. Einige haben es gesehen, viele haben es gefühlt. Doch
alle wissen, was damals geschah: innerhalb eines Moments wird die Millionen-Metropole New
York dem Erdboden gleich gemacht. Doch was wissen wir eigentlich?

Sowohl Urheber als auch Motiv des Anschlags bleiben bis heute unbekannt. Natürlich existieren
inzwischen zahlreiche Theorien zu möglichen Attentätern, angefangen bei Terroristen, die
unglücklicherweise in den Besitz einer Atombombe gekommen seien, über diverse russische
Verschwörer mit Weltmachtambitionen, bis hin zu den Chinesen. Tatsächlich aber, und das ist ein
Fakt, konnte niemandem in dieser Hinsicht Schuld nachgewiesen werden, noch hat sich jemand
dazu bekannt.

Noch heute, 10 Jahre nach dem nuklearen Holocaust, ist New York eine gigantische Sperrzone, in
die kein Mensch hineingelassen wird. Abgesehen von den Militärs und wenigen ausgesuchten
Wissenschaftlern, die sich leicht kontrollieren lassen, weiß niemand, was auf der anderen Seite der
Betonmauer vor sich geht, geschweige denn wie es dort aussieht.

Nun, ich bin nicht mehr der Jüngste und meine Neugier diesbezüglich hat mich bereits verlassen.
Ich will euch allerdings etwas erzählen, was ihr schon längst hättet erfahren sollen. Ich möchte euch
das erste Teilchen aus einem wahrscheinlich sehr viel komplexeren Puzzle zeigen. Und ich tue dies
in der Hoffnung, dass es dort draußen jemanden gibt, der den Mut besitzt, die ganze Wahrheit zu
ergründen. Jemanden, der sich seinen Gegnern stellt, anstatt vor ihnen zu flüchten.
Die Bombe, die New York traf, hatte den Hauptsitz und das Forschungslabor von Primacore, einem
multinationalen Energielieferanten, zum Ziel.
Primacore war Jahre zuvor in die Kritik geraten, da dort angeblich illegale Experimente mit
radioaktiven Substanzen durchgeführt wurden. Nach einer staatlichen Untersuchung und dem Fund
ebensolcher Substanzen wurde die Firma 2025 offiziell aufgelöst. Die Subway-Stationen wurden
vom Netz genommen, hunderte Arbeitsplätze gingen verloren. Primacores Aufgaben wurden auf
andere Energieversorger verteilt.
Die Forschungsarbeit wurde im Geheimen allerdings fortgesetzt: in den Laboratorien Primacores
war ein neuartiges Verfahren der Sonolumineszenz entdeckt worden, welches in der Lage war,
ungeheure Temperaturen zu erzeugen. Temperaturen, die hoch genug wären, um sogar eine
Kernfusion herbeizuführen.
Zwei Jahre später, in der Nacht des 14. Mai 2027, als die Forscher bereits die Veröffentlichung ihres
Verfahrens zur kalten Fusion planten, wurde die Stadt New York und mit ihr die Zukunft der
Menschheit zerstört...



english:
Anonymous report on the anniversary of May 14th, 2027, when a nuclear bomb detonated in the very heart of New
York and wiped out the lives of 20 million people within seconds.

New York, post-nuclear. In 2024, the world's population reached the 8 billion mark for the first time ever.
Hunger and disease dominate the majority of the planet, poverty rates are unprecedentedly high, even in the rich
Industrial nations. Governments are losing influence, suffering from never-before-known corruption and leveraged by the economy.

For a decade already, there has been an international fight of predominance for the last remaining resources of the earth. By the help of ever larger mercenary armies,
the world economy's biggest trusts constrain their monopolies; their ruthlessness and power they demonstrate in bloody skirmishes for
the remaining natural deposits. The value of human life converges to zero ...

On May 14th, 2027, finally, it comes to escalation. Some saw it and certainly many felt it. Today
everyone's aware of what happened back then: in a moment, the million-metropolis of New
York razed to the ground. But what do we actually know?

Both author and subject of the attack remain unknown. Of course, there have been
many theories and charges who might possibly be responsible, ranging from terrorists that
unfortunately came into possession of a nuclear bomb over various russian
conspirators lacking attention to Chinese Communists longing for global dominance. In fact, however,
noone could be proven guilty in this regard, nor has anyone ever confessed.

Even today, 10 years after the nuclear holocaust, New York is a huge forbidden area
no man is allowed to enter. Apart from the military and a few selected
Scientists no one knows what's happening on the other side of the wall, let alone how it looks there.

Well, I'm not a youngster anymore, and my curiosity in this regard is long gone.
I will however tell you something that you should have been told a long time ago. It might be
the first piece of a probably much more complex puzzle. And I'll do this
in the hope that there's someone out there having the courage to find out the whole truth.
Someone who takes on their opponents, rather than flee from them.

The bomb that hit New York had for a target the headquarters and research laboratory of Primacore, a
multinational power supplier.
Primacore had years earlier been criticized for alleged illegal experiments
with radioactive substances. After an official investigation and the discovery
of precisely such substances, the company was torn apart, their technology and power plants sold.
The lab's subway stations were taken off work, hundreds of jobs lost.

The research continued in secret, however. In the laboratories
a new process of sonoluminescence was discovered that was able to
generate tremendous temperatures. Temperatures that would be high enough to even
generate nuclear fusion.
Two years later, in the night of the 14th May 2027, when the researchers were about to bring off
their work, the city of New York was extinguished and with it, mayhaps, the future of humanity ...
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Radu-Mihai's avatar
No wonder it won the Dope Aword,this is awesome!
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kulayan3d's avatar
great concept!
Yakul's avatar
thanks, your room is awesome, too. Something I'd think of to live in, later on ;)
Canderhas's avatar
Good balance of destruction and creation. Not sure if that's what you were going for. I love this picture because it speaks songs of renewal to me. (Sorry if I sound psycho, just REALLY like this pic.)
Yakul's avatar
thank you, I appreciate that! Really makes me happy to hear that my art may be inspirational to others =)
nankotsufangirl's avatar
really great work xD
kaedesign's avatar
Great work dude :+fav: :la:
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WeluDixon's avatar
Wonderful image. I love the story in the description. I'm a big fan of these kind of post-war/apocalyptic images with a dash of hope for the world's recovery in them. :)
Meiko-Hibiko's avatar
Whoaaa that´s amazing!!! I love it! All in this picture inspired me with more scenarios like that! But unfortunately I can´t draw things like that *^* with this light, whit all the details and textures... xDU (sorry for my bad english (?)) FANTASTIC JOB!!!!
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exarobibliologist's avatar
This is impressive looking CG! I love the abandoned post-apocalyptic world feel of the picture, yet still it feels very real.
It reminds me of some of the Half-Life game. I can totally see headcrabs and zombies coming out of the subway in the picture. :fear:
Yakul's avatar
Just wait until our game project has started (or even finished). Perhaps you'll then see something coming outta there. Though it will most likely not be a bunch of zombies ;-)
Gironimo's avatar
wow, very beautiful work :clap:
Du hast das Thema ect klasse getroffen und mein erster Gedanke war eben ein großer Anschlag. Der Kontrast zwischen der Pflanze (hübsch beleuchtet + fröhliche Farben) und der Umgebung lassen viele Interpretationen zum Geschehenen zu. Das find ich echt klasse wenn der Künstler den Betrachter nicht seine eignenen Gedanken ausgekotzt zu Füßen legt ;)

sehr sehr hübsch, und natürlich congrats to the DD!
Yakul's avatar
danke für die netten worte! :)
Tedddy22's avatar
This is awesome! Congrats!

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winklepickers's avatar
The contrast is striking. Good work. )
Alyaree's avatar
Ich will das spiel spielen! =)
Yakul's avatar
bleib dran, vllt lässt sich schon in einem jahr ein prototyp spielen ;)
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