Imperial American Merchantile Navy- Mutated Walrus-otter Furrier Vessel Macrocheira (Experimental Hydrogen Fuel Algae Bioreactor)

Imperial American Merchantile Navy- Mutated Walrus-otter Furrier Vessel Macrocheira (Experimental Hydrogen Fuel Algae Bioreactor)

Marker and watercolour on MDF.

 

Now this is an oldie. I can’t remember what year I did this picture, but it couldn’t have been that long after leaving college, back when I was still doing cutaway vehicles. That was actually how this whole post-apocalyptic world started, with Hayao Miyazaki inspired cutaway vehicles. I’ve since expanding from there, but I still remember these fondly. I almost wish I could go back to these simple drawings with their limited colour. I also don’t use watercolour much anymore, which is kind of sad. But there you go…

I remember that I came up with this idea after I read about using algae to produce hydrogen. I thought this was a fascinating idea, although I can’t claim to understand the process. Anyway, most of my cutaway diagrams at this stage focused on the idea of people using renewable energy solutions in ways that were seriously morally questionable or downright environmentally harmful. Think green power warships, or, in this case, a green power submarine designed to harvest animals to make high end clothing from their fur.

The whole point was to highlight that green technology is all good and well, but how beneficial it will be is heavily dependant on how we use it. Unless we change our attitude to our relationship with nature new technologies aren’t going to achieve much. Indeed they could just act as a salve for our consciences as we continue to use the planet as a resource to fuel our endless desire for consumption.

Macrocheira, by the way, is the genus that the Japanese spider crab belongs to. Those things are huge...

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