This painting is by American artist Robert McCall (December 23, 1919 – February 26, 2010). It appeared in the 1982 book “Walt Disney’s Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow” and depicts the interior of a torus-shaped space colony.
The first time I saw it I was a kid, and it lit my imagination on fire. At the time, I thought how exciting the future will be. I drew my own versions and wrote stories to accompany them. Later, I would paint more.
The future we imagine when we are kids seldom matches the real world. But I am glad that my imagination has not yet been completely dashed by the nihilistic or misanthropic defeatism we see so prevalent these days. We need more of that visionary and ethical imagination now, not less. One that can envision a world beyond its end.
Kenn Orphan, March 2022