Engine City

Dylan Cole is a world builder of the highest caliber. He has created such iconic environments as Mordor for Lord of the Rings and the world of Pandora for Avatar. Other notable credits from his 60+ films include Maleficent, Tron: Legacy, Alita: Battle Angel, and Alice in Wonderland.

Dylan Cole

Dylan’s epic environments transport viewers to places they had never dreamed of. Over the last 20 years, Dylan has inspired generations of artists, setting the bar higher with each project.

Dylan is the co-production designer on the Avatar Sequels, coordinating teams across the globe, overseeing environments and creatures as well as the culture of the Navi.

Dylan was inspired to create a personal and innovative piece, The Industrialist Monks, also known as Engine City . Using this original piece as a starting point, Dylan is exploring and developing this world, creating a personal work that is unlike any ever seen, a glimpse at a wholly fresh and exciting world, rich with allegory and detail. Dylan relishes in the details and storytelling possibilities in his worlds. His current work is but the beginning of his explorations. Valuing the question as much as the answer, Dylan sets the stage, not wanting to rob the viewer of their own interpretation.

Two Open Editions

Collectors will have 24 hours to mint each of these pieces. Holding these NFTs gets you access to exclusive drops and future promotions.

meditation open edition dylan cole
meditation open edition dylan cole
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Meditation

The monks commune and achieve their enlightenment amongst the swirling smoke and lights of the industrial megaplex. I thought of this as a perverted take on a Baroque painting of angels you might find on an altarpiece or church ceiling. I wanted everything in this piece to be unexpected and add variety to the series- the subject matter, the composition, and the colors are all working to add a different dimension to these monks’ lives, and by extension, our relationship with technology.

Holders of this NFT will be automatically entered to win Edition number 25 of Meditation by Dylan Cole. What other surprises will holders of this NFT get?

the lone scavenger dylan cole
the lone scavenger dylan cole
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The Lone Scavenger

When the monks are of age, they begin scavenging the barren lands, searching for wrecks and abandoned outposts from ages past. The constant search and wandering expressed here connects directly to our modern lives with technology—dragging around and collecting all this excess baggage, rarely taking in the beauty of the journey. For this piece I used looser brushwork in the rocks, just focusing on the simple composition. I restrained myself from showing an overly epic landscape. The monk’s act of looking is just as important as what he sees.

Dimensions: 5,000 x 5,000 px

meditation dylan cole
meditation dylan cole
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Enlightenment

On June 22nd, 24 editions of Meditation will be released on auction. The 25th edition of Meditation will be airdropped to one of the holders of The Monk open edition NFT shown above.

Dimensions: 6,064 x 9,572 px

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the first snow dylan cole
the first snow dylan cole
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The First Snow

Snow rarely sticks in the city with the ambient heat, but it is always a source of ephemeral beauty to see it in the air. This piece began as a simple silhouette study, more graphic design than anything else. Simple, strong shapes contrast the delicate cable lines and soft forms of the clouds and the snow. Graphic motifs of arcs and circles play strongly through the whole series, reducing down technology to its simplest forms. I use these forms in a very fractal nature, repeating shapes and motifs in both macro and micro scales.

On June 23rd, 15 editions of The First Snow will be released on auction. The winning bidder of each edition may request the process video with a behind the scenes look at how The First Snow was created. An email address must be provided to receive access to the process video.

Dimensions: 8,000 x 4,970 px

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the first outpost dylan cole
the first outpost dylan cole
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The First Outpost

The first foothold on the planet. The monks rejoice at the fruits of their labor. I wanted to use a classical style of composition and evoke religious paintings of the past. This sort of religious awe and devotion is powerful and can serve as the seed to something much larger. I view this is as looking back in time to the beginning of Engine City, now currently looking as it does in Manifest Destiny. Somewhere, deep in the center, this tower still stands.

On June 24th, 5 editions of The First Outpost will be released on auction. The winning bidder of each edition may request the Photoshop PSD file of The First Outpost be delivered to them. An email address must be provided to receive the PSD file.

Dimensions: 7,616 x 10,180 px

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the reservoir overlook dylan cole
the reservoir overlook dylan cole
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Manifest Destiny

I view this as the Manifest Destiny attitude of technology and industry—exciting, beautiful, immersive and frightening. I enjoy continuing to flesh out of this allegorical city, offering more and more expansive views, trying to make it come alive for the viewer. The juxtaposition of the beautiful lighting with industrial oppression creates a strong push and pull with the viewer. In some ways it is the Manifest Destiny of my personal work, being the largest and most expansive of my personal pieces to date. This is the largest image in the series at 15,000 pixels wide. The details and layering need to be enjoyed up close. I wanted to take what I had started with the original piece 12 years ago and scale it up to excess. The continued vagueness of the monks themselves is important to me, because I don’t want it overtly condemning. They are doing as they see fit, with no evil intent.

On Friday, June 25, the only edition of Manifest Destiny will be auctioned. The winning bidder may request the Photoshop PSD file of Manifest Destiny be delivered to them. The winner may also schedule a one hour video call with Dylan Cole, who will answer questions about the piece and his artistic process. An email address must be provided to receive the PSD file and to schedule the meeting.

Dimensions: 15,000 x 8,750 px