By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

ICONIC landmarks the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building are engulfed by a sea of water in a terrifying vision of the future

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The tip of the Eiffel Tower emerges from the water

The photographic series imagines the world’s most famous buildings drowned in seawater – 300m higher than present levels.

Willis Tower, in Chicago, is surrounded by ice

Francois Ronsiaux, 40, from Paris, was inspired to create the project after the South East Asian tsunami in 2004, which killed 230,000 people.

A skyscraper is encased in ice after water levels significantly rose

The artist envisioned what would happen if ice sheets in the north and south melted, predicting a devastating rise in ocean levels.

Just the top of a skyscraper can be seen above the water surface

In Mr Ronsiaux’s vision of the future, the world would have no borders with the rise in water flooding New York, London and Paris.

An iceberg inches closer to the remains of a skyscraper

He said: “[The project] for me was a chance to redraw [cities], transform them, to make them inconsistent in their current geopolitical situation and make people think about the fragility of their living areas.”

Road to nowhere: Francois imagines famous landmarks 300m underwater

As well as picturing famous landmarks such as the Willis Tower in Chicago and Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia, deep underwater, Francois also imagined carnivals and motorways on the bottom of the ocean.

An abandoned circus looks eerie underwater

And Times Square in New York, which is normally filled with tourists and vendors, is eerily empty.

The Empire State Building pokes out from the water

Francois added: “United Land represents an instant of time where activity and movement are halted and human effort is subjected to contemplation.

A dark underwater city with skyscrapers in the distance

“Symbolising man’s loss of control of the environment, water becomes a regulating vector replacing man’s habitat following a hypothetical ice thaw.”