Mouldering city built of bread is a metaphor for Earth without humans

Swedish artist Johanna Mårtensson created this installation depicting a cityscape made of bread in 2009, and photographed it as it decayed, creating a series of pictures representing the destiny of all human folly come the day that we make ourselves extinct and vanish from the face of the Earth:

I was inspired by an article about how well the earth would do without us. Within 500 years all buildings would be half fallen or fallen, perfect homes for animals and plants. The forrest would soon grow in cities. After hand buildings as well as pollutions would be taken care of by bacterias and micro-organisms. An ufo that came here in a couple of of hundred thousand years would not see many signs of that a gang of primates ones thought that they where the lords of the planet.

Decor Photoinstallation by Johanna Mårtensson (via Crazy Abalone)


  1. complete extinction of humanity just doesn’t have the same sting that it use to…

  2. What if there were some other top-of-the-food-chain species on Earth in the past that had cities and everything that went with them?  100,000 years and it’s all gone.  We’d have no idea they were ever here, other than some fossil records.  What if we had some version of civilization that long ago, in between ice ages?  Wouldn’t it be cool to find their version of a thumb drive at a dig containing many of their collected works?

    1. we know how homo erectus lived 300,000 years ago, what makes your mystery civilization so mysterious?

    2. What if, to our utter horror, we discovered that we were not the first to invent Microsoft Bob?  Or dubstep… 

  3. “Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash – the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we’re going to die. “Be of good heart,” cry the dead artists out of the living past. “Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.” Maybe a man’s name doesn’t matter all that much.”  -Orson Welles

  4. I just have to say that second picture looks like the cities with humans still around. I think nature taking over will be a lot greener.

  5. Weren’t the buildings in the Terminator H-bomb scene made of matzah crackers?

  6. The last nuclear reactors will melt down and make a terrible mess with no one to manage the cooling.

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