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This fractal is a submission to Random Phrase Art Creation Contest held by #PremiumMembers and it is based on phrase "Suicidal Plutocracy" randomly generated by the Random Phrase Generator.

I see the plutocracy as a shiny golden clockwork, the oligarchy of the wealthy. From the outside it looks beautiful, golden and stable. Yet it has a suicidal potential, especially for those ordinary people who do not rule. Rich people have a lot of money and only thing that they want is more money. Plutocracy in our times is a suicidal notion, hence my picture of the Suicidal Plutocracy has a certain feeling of not being stable, slowly drifting to a fall...


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:icondygyt-alice:
This seems like a rich mans death trap it's beautiful in its intricacies. You look at this piece a of art closely, and that's not cogs in a machine, it's spikes and you can't get to the middle without great bodily harm.The colors help mute the danger of the spikes. It almost looks like the middle could be a button or an eye.The energy that comes from the middle seems to almost pulse with an energy. Look as you may to find a way to the middle without getting spiked.The shiny eye in middle make the artwork look almost safe until you take a closer look. It reminds me of a rich mans Preying Mantis
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First of all, I came across this piece by seeing the thumbnail somewhere on dA. The thumbnail made me "want" to click to see the full size piece. That passes the first test for any art piece.

The full size view rewards greatly in the way the center sphere and immediate surroundings affected by the Julia really pop out as being 3D. From my own experience with Apo, if you go for too much 3D/z-axis with the Julia, the bubble or other hemispherical component can fog or distort the feeling. Too little 3D effect and it can look really flat or only one component looks like an object sitting on a Persian rug.

The gradient and render settings on the work are really excellent. I have looked at many of this type of fractal but this one keeps me studying it and that is a testament to the fact that it is special. Really looks like you are peering down in the back of an open watch or clock.

Please don't be disappointed by my mark on originality. I am sure you know why. For technique and impact, there are not enough stars to rate properly.

Overall this is a beautiful piece and I will now go put it in my favorites!
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JavicArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Very Beautiful.

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:iconhippiefuturist:
hippiefuturist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017   General Artist
Beautiful art and symbolism! Indeed, the nature of fractals is to grow to infinity or shrink to singularity. So it is a fitting metaphor for the "infinite growth" capitalist mentality.  
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lucid-light Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm getting increasingly worried about capitalism, about its impact on environment, wealth distribution, wars etc. Not that I didn't care before but back then when I made this artwork, capitalism was just a word with definition attached - to be spewed out on exam paper and forgotten next minute. Now I'm more educated and the state of our world scares the crap out of me, yet at the same time I don't see a way out, certainly not as an individual.
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:iconmsdte:
msdte Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Very impressive!
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:iconteresatweetdunn:
TeresaTweetDunn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Student
BEAUTIFUL work of art.
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:iconillektra:
illektra Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icontammocviet:
tammocviet Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
wow
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconselkisfritz:
SelkisFritz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are a great talentNod 
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconselkisfritz:
SelkisFritz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome!)
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:iconzh84:
zh84 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
I can't offer any clever or knowledgeable critique: I just think this is beautiful. I didn't know that Apophysis could generate such three-dimensional, hard-edged shapes.
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) Apophysis can manage a lot these days, when I started out 10 years ago it definitely wasn't possible to create pieces like these.
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:iconroren001:
roren001 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
Seems like a futuristic pinball machine. Excellent work.
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconroren001:
roren001 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
You're welcome!
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:iconihsomiet:
Ihsomiet Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Yes, but once the clock of plutocracy stops, the stoppage initiates said clock into a gear in the clock of theocracy in the truest sense of the word.
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
God forbid! :D
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:iconsherryarrele:
SherryArrele Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
amazing *.*
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconanicrave:
Anicrave Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful~ :nod: So much detail I could stare at it for weeks and find something new catch my eye :D You can get lost this~ :clap: well done!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love detailed pieces myself, there is indeed always something to look at :nod:
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JamesRandal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I have only just found you and I have to say that the level of complexity in all of your works, not just this one, is absolutely staggering. The ascetic and inherent beauty of fractals is clearly demonstrated here. It is evident that you are extremely talented as an artist first and foremost, but you display something wondrous that mystifies and inspires me at the same time.
Thankyou. :)
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words :)
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:iconjamesrandal:
JamesRandal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It's my pleasure, your works are incredible. :)
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:iconerkankanden:
ErkanKanden Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Impressive :)
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Trisaw1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Gorgeous fractal! One of the best I've seen on dA. Rich in color, texture, detail, and intricacies. The depth and glow is just phenomenal. Great work!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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:icontrisaw1:
Trisaw1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Gorgeous fractal, one of the best I've seen on dA. Rich in colors and details, intricate and exquisite!
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HellDancer223 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
At first, I thought this was a rug design, but upon closer inspection i found it to be more 3D, leading me to the conclution of a complex building with many secret chambers and corridors, well done sir!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) (Although I am a lady :P)
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best fractals I've ever seen =D
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thanks! :)
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:iconkaiyaru:
Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! <3
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconkaiyaru:
Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome<3
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:iconclaschr:
Claschr Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this-- just beautiful!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thank you :)
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mindblowingly elegant!!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured it in my latest Poll, and it's winning!:woohoo:
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you very much :)
I have voted for the Stranger. You have some fabulous fractals in the poll :nod:
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks for voting!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Let me know how it will turn out. When does the voting end?
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In theory, the voting never ends as long as people have access to the Poll!:) Here's the link, so you can check anytime:

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FractalEntanglement Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've clearly mastered the whole texture thing!
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Do you really think so? Because I think that the texture is somehow lame in this one :O It strangely overlaps at some points, which I am not satisfied with...
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FractalEntanglement Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No way! It's shiny and detailed like intricate wiring! I love it!
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