Fractal Cities: Drawings of Urban Architecture Seem to Go On & On Forever

The deeper you look into the incredibly detailed drawings of
artist Benjamin Sack,
the more the cities depicted seem to multiply, as if you could
travel through his fractal cities forever and ever without
stopping. Drawn in a classical style in black and white, his
works play with the topography of architecture that has run
amok, growing and expanding upon itself without limits. A
little bit Leonardo da Vinci, a little bit MC Escher, the
surreal pen-and-ink drawings draw you into fantastical worlds
where ‘urban density’ has taken on a whole new meaning.

The American artist, who received his BFA from Virginia
Commonwealth University in 2011, also produces time lapse
videos of his work, so you can watch it come alive on the page.

“Sacks’ work explores architecture as a flexible medium capable
of expressing the unique space between realism and abstraction;
where interpretation and our ability to create meaning is in
flux,” says
Robert Fontaine Gallery
, where the artist has displayed
work many times over the years. “Within this space, Sack,
furnished with pen and ink, encapsulates both the infinite and
the infinitesimal. His work invites the eye to explore drawings
of the ‘big picture,’ to gaze into a kaleidoscope of histories
and to look further into the elemental world of lines and

“Sack draws a majority of his inspiration from art history and
classical music. By combining these interests, Sack’s works
become symphonies of ink. As well as art history and classical
music, Sack derives a great amount of inspiration from the
sciences, history, literature and the contemplation of

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