London is divided and united by its river; one of the few cities in the world to find its essence in two profoundly different, yet nearly touching, urban characters. So the Thames provides the perfect vantage point for telling the most comprehensive story of this complex city.
Arriving with little previous knowledge of London, Matteo Pericoli made an intensive twenty-mile journey along the river, from Hammersmith Bridge to the Millennium Dome and back again. Over two years later, he leaves behind the most astonishing document of his journey: two thirty-seven-foot-long pen-and-ink drawings depicting the city’s north and south banks. Each drawing – presented on one side of this beautiful single-sheet accordion-style book – is rendered with loving and essay-like detail, revealing a distinct profile of London in all of its diversity: a dozen boroughs, nineteen bridges and hundreds of buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Battersea Power Station and the Millennium Wheel.
Matteo Pericoli’s inimitable drawings, constantly complementing and questioning each other, brought him to a better understanding of London – and whether you’ve lived there all your life, or have never been at all, this breathtaking work of art is certain to deepen your thoughts and renew your fascination with one of the world’s most brilliant cities.
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London Unfurled for iPad is now available in the Apple App Store and iTunes
Foyles have carried out a Q&A session with Matteo Pericoli. Read below to find out more about Matteo and his work.
London Unfurled for iPad is now available worldwide in the Apple App Store and iTunes.
We we very lucky to receive something very special in our inboxes today. Matteo Pericoli - architect, illustrator and author - sent us a photo of the end of his drawing of London for his book London Unfurled.
One of the forthcoming Picador projects I'm most excited about is London Unfurled by the Turin-based architect Matteo Pericoli.
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