Reimagining Dubai as Pandora from James Cameron’s Avatar is not difficult. Even without the effects of Dubai resident and digital artist Jyo John Mulloor, the place is rather wondrous. But the artist deserves a pat on the back for seamlessly converging the wonders of a fictional and factual world. Set within the film’s world of Pandora are Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Museum of The Future, and Dubai Frame merging effortlessly in the mauve milieu of the alien flora and fauna. It is fascinating Pandora’s inhabitants, and pets enjoy Dubai’s splendor as their own in a series of eight striking images. “I was just a teenager when Avatar was released and I remember being mesmerised by it at the cinema,” Mulloor, who is from Kerala in India, tells The National.
“Each scene was breathtaking … I had never seen anything like it, even in my dreams.” He shared that he is dedicating this series to all Avatar fans, including him. “I came to Dubai in 2006 and I have seen so much development and advancements in technology and I wanted to see what the city would look like had James Cameron chosen it as a reference point while imagining the world of Pandora.” the latest installment of the highly acclaimed and successful movie, Avatar: The Way of Water is set to release in the UAE on December 15.
Jyo Mulloor shared his work on Instagram with words from Dr. Grace Augustine from the first Avatar movie, ‘Down…just relax and let your mind go blank.’
The Indian digital artist credited visionaries like James Cameron, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.