Explore This Intricate Map Of London By Fuller

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Explore This Intricate Map Of London By Fuller
The framed complete work.

Artist Fuller has been working on this superb map of London for a decade. The results were recently revealed at a private view in the clock tower of St Pancras. The drawing was pieced together 'using extensive research, local knowledge and lived experience'. It contains dozens of references to contemporary culture, and many insights into the artist's own life and adventures.

Intrigued, we asked Fuller to pick out five of his personal highlights from the work. Click through the gallery below to see them all:

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NORTH: Deep basslines and dancing till dawn were synonymous with the land behind King's Cross railway station for over two decades. Bagley's Warehouse gave refuge to London's ravers and housed the underground dance scene right up until modern redevelopments began. Nightclubs have rapidly declined across the city, as the bastions, one by one, turn off their amplifiers and smaller intimate venues take hold.
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SOUTH: The Aylesbury Estate in Camberwell is Europe's largest social housing development. Its brutalist design has a dramatic effect on visitors, but this established community battles daily with their uncertain future. I spent a short time documenting conversations with locals and photographing estates in south London. As a young boy my family were placed in social housing for a short time, my mother was offered a home in Tower Hamlets. These vast housing complexes provoke fond memories from childhood, urban exploration and long days spent playing with friends.
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CENTRAL: The City. Its international workforce is connected through hyper-speed trading, and from here London's global recognition in finance unfolds daily. It was many years ago that I delivered coffee to traders on the LIFFE exchange by Cannon Street as a runner on work experience. Each trader would wear his own coloured jacket and was quicker than a ninja making deals with a flick of the wrist. The sheer buzz that belongs to the Square Mile is unique and, whatever your opinion, there is no place quite like it.
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WEST: Nestled in west London is the picturesque stretch of canal known as Little Venice. Just a little north is the Colonnade Hotel, it was the birthplace of Alan Turing, the pioneering computer scientist who, if any one person can be, is credited both with the invention of the computer and the cracking of Nazi Germany’s secret codes during the second world war. I've drawn a fictitious tomb as a monument to this great man.
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EAST: Here we see a Cycle Superhighway, part of an ambitious system of segregated cycle lanes designed to criss-cross the city. This one weaves its way through Docklands above the new City Island Development. It says much for the population density and congestion of the city that urban planners are taking seriously ideas that might seem extravagant or conceptual elsewhere. The suffragettes' symbol stands proudly in memory of the work done by Sylvia Pankhurst and the history of activism in east London.

Prints are available via the artist's website.  

Inspired by the work of Fuller? We're on the look-out for further hand-drawn maps of London. You don't need to have the artistic flair shown here — so long as you fill your map with personal observations or unusual features, then we'd be interested in sharing it. Send entries to hello@londonist.com.

See also: Yanko Tihov's London map of passports.

Last Updated 12 July 2016

saltation

Love this! Do the scissors and the lime refer to the Limehouse Cut canal?

Kay

This is insanely good. Even at £600 a pop for the small print I still think it is worth it. This is like the old maps they drew in the middle ages where the purpose of each map was to tell a story or a fable. Very cool.