the Alchemy of Change by ionclad
What is our past history? Some believe that we are not on our first technological revolution. That at some point in our past we achieved a similar or higher level of technology. The central figure represents the power of imagination and of science and when the two shall meet amazing fundamental changes can happen. The wizard... or scientist is changing energy from one state to another with the sheer force of will - or technology - He's outfitted with a uniform to represent the establishment and civilization.
To the left is the trappings of high technology. The hull of a ship.. the walls of a lab... as he transitions the forces of nature to suit his will he creates a smokey and obscured future. Within the smoke are many figures and symbols (not shown due to resolution issues) and the architecture changes to a more classical and simple - low tech one to suggest that this tampering with elemental forces can lead to the loss of civilization and the creation of myth and fantasy. It suggests that 50,000 years from now perhaps another artist will paint a similar painting about a theoretical land of high technology for from their perspective they too think they are the first.
The symbolism and technology of the 'past period' is meant to reference the mythical land of Atlantis.
Creation: The background was created in Lightwave3D and rendered in Vue Infinite. The smoke was hand painted as well most of the detailing.