This is another of my visual explorations of Gene Wolfe's NEW SUN writing. This scene, the "Atrium of Time," is inspired by Wolfe's descriptions of a ruined palace with a sundial, where his main character carried on a forbidden romance. The terraformed moon hangs in the sky, lit by the fading sun. My design is much influenced by the surrealistic paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst. I am sure that Wolfe was also looking at the same artists' work.
"The Atrium of Time" is acrylic on illustration board, 16" x 12", August 1983.