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Created Destruction by yuumei Created Destruction by yuumei
Inspired by photos like these [link]

So people invented a lot of good things but also a lot of bad things. The good things: chocolate (jk), internet, computers, books, etc. The bad things: drugs, nuclear weapons, pollution, and etc. But pollution is getting pretty bad right now so why aren't there many major actions taken to stop this. So there are many organizations that are working on the problem but they won't get far unless the public is with them. (Most people say they agree but don’t really do much to help) And so a few laws were made to decrease pollution but is it really working? The problems are not just the factories, there's too much trash, too many cars, and it may not be so bad right now but it will be, and when we get there, I can tell you from personal experience that it will suck and many will regret it.

When I lived in China, the air was horrible. I had many respiratory problems and my mom's voice was always raspy due to the poisonous air. (Yes, it was poisonous, but of course the government tried to keep that a secret, though it got leaked out anyways….) After I arrived in the US, it felt wonderful. The sky was blue instead of grey and it was without thick smog. There was a beautiful park with huge lakes, lots of fish, birds, and other wildlife. I use to visit it all the time, but there was a period of time when I was unable to, then when I returned on my 12th birthday, I was in for a shock. Dead fish covered the lake shores in piles and roles, dead birds floated on the lake surface, and empty turtle shells were everywhere. The place was full of death. So due to our creations, are we on the path to destruction?

And as for the art...well, I think its obvious that I suck at drawing factories.... So the picture is basically of two giant human hands adding more parts to the factory to increase the production of destruction.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Kind of looks like Master Hand and Crazy Hand from Super Smash Bros, one creating new parts to a factory, and the other destroying parts of it.

It sort of fits, because of this theory that Master Hand is supposed to represent Creation, and Crazy Hand is supposed to represent Destruction.
MattL3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
i think the concept is really awesome, but to me it looks like more like the two hands are coming out of the sky and destroying the factories by picking them up and dropping them
fernando1914 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
karas1117 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
reminds me of america today
Permafry42 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
"The bad things: drugs"
To be fair, without drugs we wouldn't have a lot of the cures for illnesses. Not to mention all the wonderful art created thanks to people being on drugs.
sparky227 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some drugs can be a good thing... and even those who abuse harmful drugs mostly do it because they want to. If someone wants to destroy themselves I don't see the problem. If they value their life that little and don't want help then it's a waste of resources to help them.

And whilst I agree that not enough people care about about how we're damaging our planet, it doesn't help that the people with most of the money are driven only by greed, and everyone else has grown up in an environment where selfishness is rewarded even at the cost of others, and we're brainwashed into believing that acquiring material goods is our main purpose in life.

Anyway, keep up the good work :)
Sora9317 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I shall call it 4Chan
StudioRB Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yuumei you definately do not suck at drawing factories, you got the point across very well. The artwork convey your message really well and I love the style.

I agree with Elusive, Yuumei is not disgarding technology rather than expecting to find better ways of doing what we are doing currantly. Although with all the emphasis on going green lately I think the world is in the correct mindset.

wait and see I guess.
GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ElusiveDreams07 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think a lot of the people who commented that she's being hypocritical by favoring some inventions over others missed the point a little bit. It doesn't sound to me like she even implied we should do away with technology altogether but that more of an effort needs to be made to reduce the impact of the toxic wastes we produce. I think the whole idea is that if we're so intelligent and creative that we can come up with things like the internet (which is so fantastic) then we should come up with a way too keep the whole thing from blowing up in our faces from so much garbage and toxins. Pollution is the consequence of evolution but it doesn't have to be the end of it.
Alice-Alizarin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Strangely enough, this has a Silent Hill feeling to it....
Here comes Alessa!
Maonen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Artist
It is similar to Olympic Games opening in London...... But it is smart
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In a kind of weird irony, nuclear power (based on Thorium rather than Uranium) [link] and [link] might be our best bet for a cleaner and more economical energy source. Originally, Thorium was the primary element used in nuclear energy research, however once WW2 developed and The Manhattan Project started researching the destructive power of Uranium, Thorium, which makes poor material for bombs, got lost in the excitement. As part of the radio program on CBC, where I first heard about Thorium, the advocate presented this type of nuclear reaction as much cleaner and safer because the reaction itself is 'self-limiting' and therefore meltdowns are unable to occur. Whether this is a potential cure for pollution remains to be seen, but it appears to be an interesting option.
The-Nalkiahn Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Why are you "just kidding" about chocolate?
tbnfd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I would think in this way about this art: "The giant Chess: check.. , and mat (checkmate) xD"
WastingLight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
first off, if humans hadn't created/discovered drugs, we would still have a maximun lifespan of about 40 to 50 years, what some people do with them is their problem. Humans didn't "invent" nuclear weapons, as with most things some things were created for good purposes and were transformed into something completely different by other people. Pollution is the consequence of evolution, though industrial revolution was the first cause for pollution, we wouldn't live in the same world now, maybe a cleaner world, but you couldn't have travelled to the usa so much if it wasn't for it, as we evolved from the feudal to the industrial era, we will someday be able to reduce pollution to a minimum, not in our lifetime though. You said computers are good, but are actually mass produced by most of the factories that pollute the world, so that's not so good i think. Internet was an outstanding, amazing creation, still is used for many devious purposes, so it has it's downsides, i think the most valuable creation since the beginning of times was language, and i hope every single person would to apreciate it and use it correctly, cause that's what that is for, communication (i got off track by the way).

Humans will continue to evolve and do good as well as bad things (depends in each person's moral and ethics though), i hate animal trial, they say 'it's more ethically right', but nothing can be done about yet, someday we will be to understand it is wrong. Humans can be changed but it's up to them. I love your art, but i think you should see things from another perspective, keep up the good work and sorry for the long post.
BearTrack Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very well said. The very technologies we use to try to express our disgust with pollution had a hand in it. The solution is not to eradicate technology (because no doubt it has its benefits), but to discriminate what is practical and what will enhance life against that which is impractical and will diminish a good life. If we do this, along with truly cleaner energy sources, we would naturally use much less. When we use less, it is healthier.
Xxlama-chanxX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
for those who played alice madness returns, remember the doll maker xp ?
Virusir Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Interesting. I didn't know a drawing can tell such a horrific story. Glad that you shared this.
Tales-of-Tao Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I live out in the country, so this particular theme in your gallery has always been a bit difficult to wrap my head around. I decided to look into it, and, after visiting New York City and seeing pictures taken in Linfen, China, I appreciate your work all the more.
MecEnglishGentlman Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
and that is were us humans are headed to. Exactly that horid future
colibri27 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing. But I've been looking at this picture, and I'm getting the idea that you may have also made it to show that those human hands could be removing the destruction as well. Cuz it kind of looks like the hands could be lifting up the factories to destroy them, instead of putting more down. An interesting parallel we must face. Like you said, we can create so many good things, yet we destroy so much by creating bad things as well. Why can't we seem to find a balance...?
LifesnotFehr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really want this on my wall! The concept and look is amazing
Kimmyu98 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW, very cool pic :D as always :D
um, yuumei, the same experience happened to me too.
When i was living in Australia and New Zealand, the surrounding there was
nearly untouched, perfect and so peaceful,
now im in S.Korea, and i cannot see a mountain here or a forest or a bush.

aka, if you come to NewZealand, you'll be shocked(or amazed) at nature's epicness.

So true, your picture, i love it <3 :D
crayola-cookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Such beautiful art with such an important message <3
FloweroftheValleyxD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000%
FloweroftheValleyxD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I live in Seattle, but Port Townsend is one of the most prettiest places in the summer :)
When its summer and the sky is clear, the parks in Seattle are great to visit.
I don't like that Seattle is polluted with smog in downtown, the highways and construction; when I think of how it used to be with trees and wildlife before they started building skyscrapers, it almost makes me cry..
Kiba-Shiruba Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
We will create the destruction of our own world. We are living destruction. We are living death.
I come visit China every summer, and I am here now. Beijing's air couldn't even be called air two or three years ago. When we had the Olympics, the air was moderately fresh and the sky was bright. Maybe 35% of the sky was covered with a thin layer of light grey cloud, but that's it. Now, it's getting better, but America...idk.<cause i'm not there :D]. I know that California is awesome though!!! see u in Oct.
spottedleaves1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Human are the creators of there world, if they dohn't like it they change it.
This is a very power picture.
Ciggy1992 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect! Absolutely perfect. The factory is great and very abstract, like the very thoughts of humans. We are our own demise.
invader-zim42 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Swirl-spill Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is truly stunning. I find it very admirable that you take the time to produce such stunning artwork that not only renders the audience to awed silence but you also influence others and spread more awareness at current situations occurring in the world that is effecting us all. Everyone knows about what's happening but your art really captures what we hear and read from documents and news casts. I believe this,and many other of your works, depict all the emotions the population of this world, no this universe, feels :)

Its truly an honor to have you as an artist.
Arctic-camel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Some drugs save thousands of people from dying and suffering. But that's beside the point. Anyway, I think this picture holds a great message. I'd love to know what I can do to reduce pollution.
Morph-the-Lone-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Yep. all you say is true. now we just need to find solutions to these problems that we created, which isn't easy.

All those people saying that new electric cars will cut our pollution problems are only half-right. Where is the electricity being produced? Oil and coal plants. So, just replace them with solar, water, & wind power. But, then you still have a huge mess with cars that run on gas. The only way to solve the problem is to implement both solutions (whether at the same time or one after the other). And when you finally get this swap done, you have only solved air pollution. There is still garbage, water pollution, sound pollution, radioactive waste, and light pollution to deal with afterwards.

The world is messed up, but fixable. However, the fix will need to rebuild centuries of polluting producing structures and vehicles.
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mizudatsurugi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
No action is taken because humans are simply lazy and in denial that it is/will become a huge problem. Most people don't want to believe that it will get any worse and just hope that the problem would fix itself without having them to do ANYTHING. At the moment humans care about making money more than the environment. That's another reason why; common excuse: Environmentally friendly methods of generating power, etc are too expensive.

Everything has an end, the earth would continue to live for a long time but humans won't.

***there are exceptions of course, some people, but very little, actually care and do their part in helping the environment. The other side of the argument is that humans might be arrogant in thinking that they are the cause and solution to this problem. Whether we're the cause or not, we're still ignorant and lazy.
Rose-Ann-Mary-K Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
ecxeptionaly awesome!
sir-laughs-a-lot Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
you're very good at putting a point through to people and making them realize things like this. its a good thing you do this. you can really make a difference with that talent of yours. :) :heart:
PRCricket Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yeah, sin sucks. ...stupid saten...
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SugarMaster Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Wow, that sounds horrible! I'm really interested in being more environmental, and have lots of ideas I want to share. Things such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power is the energy of the future! If you were to go to restaurants, instead of packing leftovers in Styrofoam containers, people could be asked to bring their own! There are so many things one can do! I'm not sure why the government isn't making that transition...
I live in a very beautiful place, so I'm lucky, but that doesn't mean I'm less concerned.
DExorcist28 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's a perfect blend of going green and beautiful art
Fuyugi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
:iconfavplz: The message of this pictures very strong. You did an excellent job on this piece.
GracefulBrutality Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
i love the way the arms disintegrate into the fog, and that the city is covered in darkness.
DaystarEclipse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Disturbing, in a good thought provoking way.
Yumidog Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i agree with you, but people keep saying that earth is running out of space to put all of this trash, so they just throw it away in space!

btw, i love the picture and the message attached to it! :nod:

Boo Global Warming!! DX
Thy-akatsuki-girl Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
if humans want to create more technology. why don't they create some thing to help the planet, its nature and animals.
sobouyaha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Do you know that Nipon/Japan is going down in pouplation. after 10-40years they will only be about 60-80Millions of people not 120millions.

If you did´nt know that is.

And sweden/Japan and probaly other countrys are trying to change that so Japan is going to get about 140Millions that after 10-40years.. IT was about 2mouths ago i readed this..
animefangirl105 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
..This is excellent..
I agree with your message.. it makes me kinda sad and angry that people keep doing this kind of things..
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