British Artist, Gareth John Wood, aka ‘Fuller,’ has meticulously hand drawn a map of London presenting the capital as a chaotic, pulsating, ever-changing city of landmarks.
Copies of the map entitled, London Town have been acquired by The Museum of London and the British Library for the nation.
The work instantly recognisable not just by the emblematic landmarks but also by the numerous comments on contemporary cultures of the capital’s many neighbourhoods and boroughs. ‘Fuller’ has previously also completed a map of Bristol, which took four years to create and is also working on a piece called Shòu, the Chinese character for ‘longevity’.
Pat Hardy, the curator of paintings, prints and drawings at the Museum of London says “charting the changing structures of London between 2005-2015, London Town is a densely packed contemporary map of London which will provide Museum of London visitors with an intriguing, unique, glimpse into the capital’s key landmarks and points of interest.”
Tom Harper, the antiquarian map curator at The British Library says “the map is one of the most personal pieces of cartography I’ve ever seen, and goes to show just how essential maps are in drawing a bond between who we are and the places we inhabit.”
An exhibition of original works aptly named ‘Get Lost’ is taking place at The Palm Tree Gallery, Portobello Road, London, 6-22nd May, where a limited number of London Town art prints are available.