If a little dystopian drama is the kind of it-could-be-worse comfort you’re looking for, then @solovyewadim is your go-to Insta account. A self-described xeno-urbanist, Solovyev spends his time re-imagining the city of St Petersburg under a slew of high-tech and animal invasions.
Giant crows, flying turtles, and slithering serpents all appear to make their mark on the metropolis, popping out of tower blocks and iconic buildings across the city.
But monstrous animals aren’t the only threat facing St Petersburg: there are also futuristic robot invasions ready to move in across the city.
Some artworks are also accompanied by humourous sci-fi micro-stories, such as the below, which introduces Vika, one of the few people who cares about “pipe snakes”, and feeds them with apples. “I’m not sure if this is a good idea,” comments the artist, “because pipeliners are very unpredictable. But Vika likes to take risks.”