Real Cities Become Floating Islands in the Sky

If you remember the 80s cult classic The NeverEnding Story, you’ll recall the desperate part of the film when the world of Fantasia begins to crumble away, leaving little more than a small island of rock remaining to stand on. Now, award-winning art director Reinhard Krug has created a series of imagination gripping images which seem to bring that story to our world, manipulating aerial photographs of major cities so they appear to be floating on rock. Here the resemblance to the NeverEnding Story ends, however as Krug’s images are far more serene – placing the cities gently in a sky of puffy clouds.

Highlighting iconic city centers from New York to Krug’s home of Hamburg, the images manage to include a large amount of identifiable structures and locations. In London, perhaps the most fascinating example of his work, we can see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background, while the Thames river pours under Tower Bridge and off the island in the foreground.

Krug is currently offering these images for sale as limited edition posters on Etsy, but they’re going quick. If your favorite city isn’t available, you can pacify your craving for the images with an iPhone-sized image on his website. You can also keep up to date on his work through Twitter or Facebook.

Above: London. Below: Berlin.


Cape Town


Hong Kong

New York


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. Maybe influenced by the band Top Buzzer?

    Check out the artwork from their album:

    Probably just a coincidence though.

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