Rod Hunt Builds a City of Tiny Lights
Cities are beacons to the world: they draw in the dreamers and the workers, the grinders and entrepreneurs. Lives are built on a grid, pressed into one another in too few square feet, rubbing up against each other creating heat and passion. As often as not those dreams change, sometimes abandoned for the grit and grime and trouble of just getting through life in the city. But from the outside, the city continues to shine and sing a siren to the dreamers. Rod Hunt, who understands that call of the city’s lights as well as anyone else, brought them to life in his ‘City of Tiny Lights,’ an illustration inspired by Frank Zappa’s song of the same name.
You already know that Rod Hunt’s work from its incredible intricacy and well designed infrastructure as a cistern for chaos, but ‘City of Tiny Lights’ even while most of the image is dominated by architecture it screams humanity. Even with taxies zipping around, helicopters bobbing in and out, and no small collection of pedestrians filling the sidewalks, the buildings of Rod’s city create the typography of the piece. Each of those buildings is covered with windows, twinkling out their lights, reminding us that every window represents a citizen or a family living their lives on the other side of it. It’s easy to look at a forest of steel and concrete and see nothing but hardness and industry, but Rob reminds us that they hold the lives of everyone within them and that every city of lights, tiny or giant, is a collection of dreamers reaching and living every day.