One City | Will Insley | Socks Studio
American artist Will Insley worked for over 40 years on a monumental project, the planning of an imaginary city called “OneCity”. Starting in the 1950s, with a huge series of paintings and drawings, the artist constructed an urban vision which he completed with writings on the social and political structures associated with the physical aspects. Insley asserted that the project has its roots in ancient myths rather than in utopian views or contemporary urban planning theories and projects.
The architectural layout of OneCity consists of over 14000 square metres of nine-story buildings. Each one is two and half miles wide and is divided into an “Over-building” and an “Under-building”, with nine underground floors. The overall system takes the shape of a labyrinthine semi-buried complex, located between the Mississippi and the Rockies, able to host the whole population of the United States at the time: 400 millions people. The architectural language is rather sculptural with an attempt to an atemporal style, lacking any ornament or recognizability of functions.