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These artists have transformed iconic buildings into mind-blowing surreal landscapes

Twisting and bending the cityscape of the world’s metropolis of today, these artists are creating impossible buildings and surreal new spaces.

Their artwork is providing a unique commentary on our current urban environment and way of living.

Aided by Photoshop, 3D Studio Max and other high end software, artists Victor Enrich and Xavier Delory are making headlines for their experiments with architecture and art.

Belgian artist Xavier Delory uses collaged images of existing buildings to create photographs of fictional architecture.

Referring to the style as “architectural fiction”, his work attempts to reflect on contemporary urbanism and society.

He has been exhibited on numerous occasions throughout his home country Belgium, as well as France, Spain and Turkey.

“In recent years, there have been quite a few artists working on images of architecture using similar computer tools,” Delory told CNN in a recent email interview.

“But with conceptual and formal approaches, that can be quite different. I think these artistic approaches make architecture more popular with neophytes.”

In his work, Delory often highlights the impact of urban decay on structures, like in his series, “Pilgrimage Along Modernity”, where various iconic modernist buildings are put through some rough wear and tear, including vandalizing Le Corbusier’s iconic Villa Savoye.

“With (the) series, I question the fragility of history and the choice of societies to grant importance, or not, to the preservation of the creations from the past,” the artist said.

“But also, I am fascinated by the aesthetics of ruins and their beauty. I like this state because it shifts architecture towards sculpture.”

Another artists who’s leaving jaws dropped, is Barcelona based 3D artist Victor Enrich.

His work depicts impossible architecture that defies the laws of physics.

Enrich superimposes twisted 3D models over photographs of real buildings in surreal scenes and the results wouldn’t look out of place in the movie Inception.

He spent more than a decade working as CG artist for various architecture firms in his hometown Barcelona, giving him enough familiarity with 3D modeling software.

“I thought that it was time to start using the techniques that I’d been learning, but on the streets,” Enrich told CNN.

“So I quit [my job] and began to experiment with the same tools, without any specific goal other than to explore the possibilities.”

First, he photographs an urban scene. He picks the building or buildings he wants to alter and then models them into 3D, a process which can take him from a couple of weeks to almost a year.

He then composites this imaginary structure onto the original photograph to achieve his dreamlike cityscapes.

Enrich’s most famous series include placing Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated Guggenheim building into the middle of a run-down neighbourhood in Bogotá.

Another sees him re-imagining the White House in solid gold with Vegas-style signs.

“Maybe what I’m trying to do is invite people to play with me, to invite people into my world,” he says.

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Filmmaker. 3D artist. Procrastination guru. I spend most of my time doing VFX work for my upcoming film Servicios Públicos, a sci-fi dystopia about robots, overpopulated cities and tyrant states. @iampineros