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Tethered Island by *aaronsimscompany
Aaron Sims' take on futuristic space stations combines amazing details, an interesting concept and remarkable painting skills into one incredible piece of art. ( Featured by gucken )
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Warlord9 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Fantastic work!
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:iconephraimbraucht:
EphraimBraucht Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Makes you think,clever.
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maurice1997 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow, this is amazing. Funny im making a utopia and it was going to look something like this but I guess to got to it first... grrrr
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HappyBirthdayRoboto Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
HOLY COW! This is amazing!
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:iconwarlord-the-3rd:
Warlord-the-3rd Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
The planet bellow looks like Coruscant
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:iconromakh:
RomaKH Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really beautiful. The idea is quite lovely. Reminds me of Macross Frontier.
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:iconkayelleallen:
kayelleallen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful concept. I can imagine the culture of privilege and division that keeps a place like this going. Who maintains the ground tether? Probably not the ones dwelling in the domes. Thanks for a wonderful piece of art.
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HolyOrdersOtaku Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
I'm rather enjoying this. May borrow the concept, if that's okay that is.
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:iconboomke:
boomke Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Great idea, great work
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Interesting concept.

Would those things contain examples of every envirnment on Earth? Like deserts, coastlines, meadows and stuff?
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:icon1ph8:
1ph8 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nice, but small and pixelated. Do you have a large version? If so, why not share that? :)
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:iconlordpatthethird:
lordpatthethird Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
courescant
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BrendanBiele Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Love the concept!
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atagene Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
There any possibility of you releasing this in a larger resolution, maybe for wallpaper purposes, and to gawk at? :D
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:icondebb555:
Debb555 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
sweet with some sci-fi themed stuff
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kargaroc586 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Now THIS is what I'm talking about. We could put all of the animals and birds in these to prevent them from dying off!
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geijutsukanosumikaze Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Student Artist
Amazing.
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Ariel-X Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea. A wonderful Artwork
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pendrym Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
genius
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:iconmalitbugs:
malitbugs Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
wow
cool and
awesome
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TomBydand Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
this is CLEARLY the wat to dealwith overpopulation/overcrowding. lets top wasteing money on war and weapons and spend it all on teathered islands! as long as i get my own private one :D
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wulfnstein Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
great concept, and probably even possible with the right technology :D
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:iconsuperdice:
superdice Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
that is just beautiful. love it
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Light-tha-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can actually see this happening in the far far far distant future. Awesome job on this :icongreatjobplz:
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dzx9 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
When can we move in?
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:iconovisio:
ovisio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Nice details and cracking atmosphere! Definitely :+fav:!
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:iconpg-for-mild-peril:
PG-for-Mild-Peril Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009   Writer
This is along the lines of things I've been thinking about lately.
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Nyanamo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This would make a good Game Idea
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zebub1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
brings the word 'awesome' to its true meaning
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AleriaCarventus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Epic! Makes me want to watch Gundam Seed, though. :XD:
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lavistrikesback Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
That'll cost much more than a bomb to construct one in RL. I'll estimate it to cost around USD$4-7 trillion from concept to finished construction of ONE island, in current currencies (could cost MUCH more), and might take 30+ years to construct.

It looked awesome nonetheless.
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Very cool. The thing is, the technology for doing something like this is being developed as we speak. They're working on a space elevator and this seems to be the natural progression of that. Very nicely done.
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lavistrikesback Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Nanocarbon fibres FTW!
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
I saw an article about some guys that are working on a prototype to test. Not full scale but enough to prove the concept. The fibers made of the carbon nanontubes are so strong that (according to what I've read, I'm not an engineer) a cable one inch in diameter is all you'd need to run the elevator up to space. Strong stuff.
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lavistrikesback Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Its true lol, but a tiny friction is all it need to fail. The tube is physically designed for strong tension only on the ends of the tube and the collective link-between-atoms-thingy ALONG the tube, not on individual atoms itself. It means that, you knock just ONE atom out of the entire length of the nanotube, and the tube will lost 30% of its vertical tension strength (if its vertical like the space elevator).

Considering the counterweight satelitte in space with hundreds, even thousands of tons of weight, they practically need more than just one inch of nanocarbon fibres. Maybe several inches, or maybe even several metres of them in diameter.

I still believe in space elevators though, they're physically and technically possible from the current laws of physics.
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
One thing you have to remember is that it will be a multi-strand cable so there will be strength in numbers just like they make bridge cable. I'm sure they've taken that into account. I'm sure the cable will be somewhat larger for safety but the stuff is incredibly strong.
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The-Enigma-Machine Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! It's great to see a refreshing blend of outside-the-box creativity and sci-fi. ¦3
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
What a creative idea - and beautifully done!
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Cretacious Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Wow...such an amazing job you did here. Very cool. :D
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esemese Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional
awesome...
looks like the Jetsons go live
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:iconteampossible:
TeamPossible Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Those would be perfect resorts!
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kooky112 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
lol I could see that happening someday xD
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm. In a future where the entire world is covered in buildings, and has a terrible environment, rich people can buy their own mini places that don't suck? That's a good idea.
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PEACETHROUGHPOWER Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
How very pretty, I liekey! XP
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
:wow: Awesome!
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Little-Princess-Kate Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
reminds me of the "Flight of the Navigator" ship in that movie.
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warground-inc Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
man this made me really depressed
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:iconpeterplastic:
PeterPlastic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
what a great idea, very original.. reminds me of the whole space elevator project... well made
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SirSomething Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Bad a**, dude. Very beautiful imagination. :)

:fav+: ^_^
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LeeJay83 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. Have you ever played the free browser-based MMOG called "Pardus"? The Space Farms you can build in that game look similar to the structures seen in this piece of art.
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