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The Tower by EranFolio The Tower by EranFolio
Preliminary speedpaints for a game/story concept called The Tower. (Crappy quality, I know. This is what my images look like in their rough stage.) It's a retelling of the Tower of Babel story in a sci-fi setting, using the construction of an orbital tether to represent the Tower. Known also as a spire, sky-hook, and more popularly as a space elevator. There's a little diagram in the upper-left if you're curious about the science.

"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children built. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." -Genesis 11: 1-9
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:icononpelix:
cool :D me recuerda YUKITO KISHITO EN BATTLE ANGEL ALITA :D
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IncompleteMe Mar 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is an awesome idea. Fantastic. And the images are more than great enough. speedmade images are always fun.
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Cacodaemonia Mar 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This definitely makes me want to know more about the story! Fantastic job. :D
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:iconshadowengine:
I love the orbital elevator concept. I hope someone will get around to building one of these in my lifetime.
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:iconalecbell:
The preliminaries look good.

Will watch for further developments.
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olemaphotography Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, theoreticly this thing could actually be build, and is being designed. Centrifugal force would keep a spacestation on the orbit of the earth on a thick cable. (Yes, it's debatable if centrifugal force is a actual force.)
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olemaphotography Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This comment doesn't have anything to do with the artwork :shrug:
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EranFolio Mar 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I confess that I've researched the topic obsessively over the years. It is quite viable; the only missing pieces are an energy source for the climber (soon to be solved by more efficient batteries) and getting around to actually constructing it, which will take time and money. Carbon nanotubes make the cable possible. Whether centifugal force is a force depends on who you ask, but I personally see it as being the same thing as gravity from a Physics standpoint. Different debate.
So all we really need is a stable landscape near the equator and some serious grant money.
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TownOfWolves Mar 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
F*** you, Eran.

Just...f*** you. Xp

But seriously, I thought this was for Dennis's enviro project today; I will be very upset if you just randomly did this for funzies and designed a fecking TOWER LAYOUT for the lulz.

In seriousness, though, you know I think it looks wicked-cool. Xp
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EranFolio Mar 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is for the Two Genres project. XD Jeeze, I barely have enough time to handle a book commission, much less a personal project. The trick is to make your work personal.

Hope you're feeling better, btw. I think your immune system has several months' worth of backlogged status updates you need to check out.
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