Urban Narratives

London, The Arts

A new exhibition, Urban Narratives, is opening at Sumarria Lunn Gallery in Mayfair on March 8th and apparently features a piece based on one of my books.

Matthew Picton humanises the city by deconstructing city maps and imbuing them with the unique history and culture of each place.

In ‘London 1940’ four panels depict the different wards of east London during World War II. Picton’s sculptures are created in accordance with the original bomb damage maps of wartime London. A record was kept of the damage that occurred to every street and building, and the maps were colour coded to reflect the level of destruction.

The finished structures are burned to re-create this record, with the areas of total destruction detailed in the maps completely burnt away in the sculpture. This four part sculpture is intended to create a visual reminder of the ruined state wrought upon the physical body of London by the war.

According to The Londonist, the Waterloo quarter is made from Full Dark House. Clerkenwell is constructed from The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene. Bloomsbury comprises The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. And Southwark uses The Very thought of You by Rosie Alison. Together the texts present a portrait of social life in London during the 1940s.

One comment on “Urban Narratives”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    I think these sculptures need to be seen in their real size and in 3D It’s a fascinating concept.

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