Famous cities in the dark

While artist Thierry Cohen was not imaging what impact load shedding would have on city skylines at night, his artworks do offer a potential upside to what cities may look like with no lights.

The main impact a city has on the sky is to fill it with air and light pollution. He set out to imagine what the night skies might look like over famous cities like New York and Rio if there was no light or air pollution.

New York at night with no lights - picture: Thierry Cohen

In reality, the consequences for turning all the lights off in a city would be disastrous, even Eskom would not want to have such a large scale blackout. Artistically though, the effect is impressive.

Rio de Janeiro at night with no lights - picture: Thierry Cohen

While Cohen did not include South African cities we took inspiration from him and just a little from Eskom and offer you South Africa's famous cities in the dark.

Johannesburg at night with no lights

Some in Cape Town may even advocate we try an evening with the lights off. A full moon on a summer's night might sound like a good option to some.

Cape Town by night with no lights

Back in the real world, cities should continue to do what they can to reduce air pollution but the lights need to stay on and the enjoyment of the stars needs to happen far from the the glow of the city.


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