Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
And the Sky Darkened as it Passed Over
To address the country’s problems with traffic and air quality, Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment has developed a decidedly odd-looking, extra-wide and extra-tall vehicle that can carry up to 1,200 passengers.It runs on rails that follow existing roads (negotiating an off-ramp must require regular vehicles to stop so it can pass over?) and it would be potentially solar-powered...
It brings to mind the illustrations of Bruce McCall for National Lampoon magazine in the 1970s, such as the airplane so vast that there was a white linen dining room on the wings (below)...
In searching for an image of Zany Afternoons for this post, I just noticed two things: first, this style of drawing or illustrating actually has a name or genre. According to the New York Times, it is called 'steam punk,' the way in which, say, a computer is drawn to look Victorian (think of the world of the movie Wild Wild West).
Secondly, McCall's inspiration clearly has its roots in a sincerely-wrought worldview from, I guess, 1950s America. Contemplate the thrilling insanity of this Atoms-for-Peace monster, below.
Once upon a time, the future sure was looking swanky!