Could This Be London In A Couple Of Decades?

Future, you're scary.

If you're a Londoner, buying a gondola could be a smart thing to do.

In their project Postcards from the Future, U.K. artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones of GMJ set out to imagine what effect the progressing climate change could be taking on our cities.

The unsettling images of future London are based on various scientific prognosis. The project features a number of familiar spots, from Buckingham Palace to Piccadilly Circus, transformed into unrecognizable landscapes.

Piccadilly Circus full of water lilies, fish and wind turbines.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

Graves and Madoc-Jones claim their idea was inspired by the popular debate on climate change and the lack of visual aids to accompany it.

"Everything we were hearing about was just words, or very two-dimensional graphics in magazines. The only imagery we were getting was pictures or reports from places like Bangladesh… the trouble is that when you live in London, when you hear reports of people suffering in other parts of the world, you can easily forget about those things and put them to one side," they told Fast Co.Exist.

London as Venice.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones (Aerial photography: Jason Hawkes)

Their solution was to bring climate change closer by re-imagining what it would be like to live under such conditions. The above example showcases how rising sea levels could turn London into Venice. According to artists, it was inspired by the "shots of New Orleans submerged under the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina".

Parliament Square paddy fields.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

Graves and Madoc-Jones say they had to carefully think of what story should stand behind each view. Some of their images pose quite radical questions. Like the future scene of rice fields in front of the House of Parliament, that juxtaposes two ideas of value: "the one of growing food and the other of fostering politics," says Madoc-Jones.

"A new global economy demands that we become more self-sufficient as former food sources become less reliable and shipping food around the world becomes unsustainable. Austerity encourages us to "grow your own". The final image invites us to imagine how the population of central London could re-appropriate the land on their doorstep," writes Postcards from the Future.

The Royal Buckingham Palace surrounded by slums.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones (Aerial photography: Jason Hawkes)

Royal guard's camel parade.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

Skating on Thames under the Tower Bridge.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones (Aerial photography: Jason Hawkes)

Palm olive mines at Hyde Park.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

Parliament Square turned into water crisis center.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

The luxurious Gherkin turned into an abandoned tenement.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

A tornado devastating the Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones

Your life in the future.

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones (Aerial photography: Jason Hawkes)

You can follow Postcards from the Future on Twitter @futurepostcards. (H/T: Fast Co.Exist)

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