The Eco-Paradise That Never Was

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Back in the 1970s, eco-idealists dared to dream big. Just check out this fantastic concept art from the never-produced movie version of Ernest Callenbach's classic novel Ecotopia. Gallery below.

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Illustration for article titled The Eco-Paradise That Never Was
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Illustration for article titled The Eco-Paradise That Never Was
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Architect Craig Hodgetts designed this awesome art for a movie of Ecotopia, but he actually put tons of thought into how everything would work. (Look at the captions in the gallery for more info on each image.) It's like peering inside an alternate history, where maglev trains with beanbag seats, and wind-power generating balloons, became commonplace.

In Ecotopia, the Westernmost U.S. states secede and form their own country, with a liberal woman president. Hodgetts says if the movie had gotten off the ground, he would have scrapped much of the storyline of Callenbach's novel and focused on trying to create a kid-friendly movie, with lots and lots of marketable toys and "consumables." Ah, capitalism. It sort of warms your heart to think of it.

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More pics, and interview, at the link. [A/N Blog, thanks to Designguybrown]

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That sounds a lot like a running joke in my family about the secession of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, plus maybe Northern California. Usually the jokes end with "ha ha, oh how far ahead of the rest of the country we would be." Seriously though, it would be awesome.