London Unfurled: The End

24 March 2011

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

 

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 20-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 37-foot-long pen-and-ink drawings depicting the city’s north and south banks. Each drawing is presented on one side of this beautiful single-sheet accordion-style book; each is rendered with loving and essay-like detail; and each reveals 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 and Battersea Power Station, are represented, as well as London landmarks like the Millennium Wheel and Canary Wharf. 

Matteo Pericoli’s inimitable drawings, constantly complimenting 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.

Visit Matteo's website.