Toronto Artist Imagines Toronto After Mother Nature Takes Over

Available at Red Head Gallery until March 25th

A Toronto Artist is depicting what Toronto could look like in a far off time, when mother nature has overgrown the city. Water has rose meters higher, engulfing the lakeshore area of Toronto, buildings covered with moss and trees: it’s a haunting, yet beautiful display.

These images are the work of Matthew Borrett. Using a 3D model of Toronto, the artist is able to show “a view of Toronto if history were to take its course a certain way,” according to his blog.

These images are part of a series he’s calling Hypnagogic City. “The prevalent theme is the relationship between the built environment and nature. Taking a maximalist approach, the viewer is presented with a hyper-detailed scene that invites repeated exploration.”

Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. Mental phenomena that occur during this “threshold consciousness” phase include lucid thought, lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis.

Hypnagogic City will be available to view at The Red Head Gallery until March 25th.

All Images courtesy Matthew Borrett