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Unique Hand Drawn Map of London – Ten Years in the Making

October 15, 2015 Destination Europe No Comments Print Print Email Email

Fuller, aka Gareth Wood, a British artist, has drawn a meticulous map of London, which has taken an astonishing ten years to complete.

'London Town' by British Artist Fuller, aka Gareth Wood. The original art work is hand drawn using black ink on cotton archival board and measures 92cm x 116cm. The work is a mesmerising kaleidoscope to our association with youth, adolescence and progress into adulthood. Fuller lived, breathed and morphed into the capital to channel its character onto the map. (PRNewsFoto/British artist Fuller)

The work is peppered with comments on contemporary society, though personal thoughts and memories are given almost equal prominence. Unveiled in London earlier this month, it has already taken on an urban legend quality. The piece ‘London Town’, is instantly recognisable, not by the obvious landmarks, but by the hedonistic, enchanting character of the metropolis that Fuller communicates.

The artist lived, breathed and morphed into the capital city to channel its character onto the map. Delve into the cryptic drawings of London Town; the unstoppable skyscrapers, dingy underground clubs, its decadence, the infinite energy, creativity, the expansion, its systems and its future.  London Town is an emotional conversation that you can join, read, experience and create new. It is a result of Fuller’s project, Fuller Maps, which has seen him drawing a series of intricate maps that narrate and observe the identity of places. He has previously completed a map of Bristol, which took 4 years to create. Fuller describes his practice as ‘making a collection of cartographical love letters.’ His past work has been included in the Bristol Museums Historical Map Archive.

‘London Town’ can next be seen at the ‘Flux Exhibition’, Royal College of Art, London, December 11th – 14th For more information about Fuller’s art please visit http://www.fullermaps.com

Fuller created a short film whilst cycling around London on his explorations, which can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey-Eh_uzRpY

The ten chimes from Big Ben featured in the film symbolise the ten year period in which it was drawn.

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