Large Scale Future City by Alexander Biserama Becherer.
Alexander “Biserama” Becherer recently opened his solo exhibition at Galerie Kesselhaus “Paratropolis”. With work ranging from paintings and sculptural relief the main portion of the exhibition consisted of a large sculptural work titled Paratropolis. This large sculpture consisted of words and icons creating a large scale city. The city which mimic’s an architectural model of a city or development is an impressive work that comments on our current trend towards urbanization.
“Our current age, the 21st century, is characterized by worldwide urbanization, sprawling agglomerations of cities, and an increasing rural exodus. As recently as 1970 there were merely 3 so-called megacities: New York, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Thirty years later there are already 24.
This trend and transformation – and the continuing expansion of existing cities – impacts individual biographies as well as society as a whole.
Today more than 3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are living in evergrowing and barely governable urban agglomerations. Studies predict that close to two thirds of the world population will be living in cities by the year 2030. For the first time in human history there will be significantly more people living in urban spaces than in rural areas.”