Bristol artist creates hand-drawn maps of the city

Bristol artist creates hand-drawn maps of the city

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Artist Gareth Wood moved to Bristol in 2010 and “set his heart on” mapping the city – he is now close to completing the intricate hand-drawn images using black ink and white archival mount boards. He said he wants his maps to “connect with the viewer on a personal level”. The work has taken him more than 500 hours over about three years. He
said he finds his inspiration by walking and cycling around Bristol and talking to local people. The drawings include famous landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and other less well-known parts of the city, such as Montpelier and Stokes Croft. He said he was inspired to draw Bristol by its residents who are “in love with their city” which is “curvy with lots of hills”. His drawing of the harbourside and old city shows a saxophone and old Victorian streetlight hovering by the Old Duke pub, famous for its live jazz. Gareth currently works as a video and film producer and creates his maps under the name Fuller. The drawings will be unveiled at It’s All 2 Much gallery in Stokes Croft on 31 May. – BBC Entertainment

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