"The Domed Cities” is a part of the 2016 series “A Crash of Rhinos.” It is the fifth drawing in a six piece mural titled “The Crash Mountains.”
“A Crash of Rhinos” is a fifteen drawings set depicting the story of Five Rhino, six Mechanical Rhinos, the Crash Mountains, the Domed Cities and a population forces to leave their world and solar system.
This drawing is a mixed medium of ink, colored pencil and pastels on heavy paper.
The Crash of Rhinos occurs around a group of mountains. The west side of the mountains face an ocean and the east side, a large plain with a city just before another mountain range. The Crash also occurs over a spans of two epochs. The first epoch is the time of the "living Rhinos." After their extension, the second epoch is the era of the Domed Cities and Mechanical Rhinos. The last epoch ends with the exodus of the remaining population to another solar system.
The Scenery Mural is the furthest in the future time wise for the story. The mural started as a rough sketch on two sheets. It was stretched out to six panels when I worked on it. I completed the last section, Exodus Airships” the week of Balloon Fiesta.
A Disgruntled Sol is the far left panel of the scenery panels is the sun, which is in it's heavy solar flare and corona ejections. This is an added panel to the left of the original sketch. It shows a dry, hot, barren world across all the panels. This panel is also the point of origins for the shadows in the other five sections.
The next four panels are the sections from the original sketch. Since they are sections, each one got named. The Visionary Mountains are the second panel from the left. The Blue Hills are the end of the mountains in this section. The backside of these mountains are what are seen in the background of three of the Mechanical Rhino drawings. A Planetary Stargate panel shows one of the main elements of an advanced civilization, a stargate large enough to pass a planet through. The volcano is also pictured in this panel as being dormant.
The Domed Cities is one of two new panel to the left of the original sketch. This panel shows a long runway entering the City of Domes through a tunnel in the ridge. The City of Domes start in this panel and continue on into the next. There are also dome structures on the planet and moon in the sky.
Exodus Airships is the last panel for this mural. As noted previously, the scenery set is the furthest in the future, after all the things have been built and everyone is ready to head through the Stargate. Here, enclosed Airships are lifting off to the skies to pass through the Stargate to a new solar system.