This picture is of Constant Nieuwenhuys’s New Babylon project. Constant was a Dutch painter and artist who spent many years designing the utopian city of New Babylon. New Babylon is a raised megastructure, built over existing cities and landscapes. Mechanization would mean that people would have enough to eat and would move from being a Homo Faber (the working man, creative man) to being a Homo Ludens, (playing man), an existence devoted to play and spiritual growth. I have always been fascinated by the beautiful, slightly sinister models and drawings he made for this project.
Constant was associated with the Situationists, a group of left-wing writers and radicals loosely organized around the philosopher Guy Debord. (Who wrote “The Society of the Spectacle”).
The photo links through to a book review on a book on the Situationist International written by McKenzie Wark called “The Beach Beneath the Street”. The title refers to a protest slogan of Paris 1968, “Sous les pavés, la plage”. Enjoy.