Few things are as visually distinctive as a skyline. To many, they’re a portrait of home, or at least their home city. Sure there may be recognizable buildings that people will automatically identify with a city, but a skyline on its own gives the viewer the full picture. Think of the NYC skyline. It’s probably the most famous one in the world, simply because of how often it is used to reveal New York as the setting for a film. Any movie filmed before 2001 had a distinctly different NY skyline than the one we see now, and people notice this because of how recognizable they are. It’s like seeing the photo of a person you’ve known all your life only with a single feature drastically changed.
As you can see below, BadBadDreams has a strong connection to the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Ainslie Heilich from Vintage Karma in Stroudsburg, PA was the artist responsible for creating this reproduction of the Taipei skyline on their arm.
Does the city you live in have a distinctive skyline? I know that Toronto’s skyline is pretty recognizable, even though in the past 5 years it has changed dramatically with the building of a lot of high-rise condos right in front of Canada’s wang (the CN Tower).