London can be a tricky place to get to grips with, especially if you're a London newbie. Regular visitor to London Ed Cooper knows this, which is why he put together these hand-drawn explorer maps of the city.
Rather than showing London verbatim, they are interpretations of certain areas. We'll let him explain the rest himself:
Coming from a rural background I have always loved to look around the parks and now realise that compared to other European cities, London has a valuable amount of well-kept parkland. My maps celebrate this by imagining the parks as verdurous islands in a vast torrential ocean — a metaphor that dramatises the difference between the crowded city streets and the peaceful space of the parks. The scale of the maps is a commentary on the size of the city, being a 'world' of its own.
He submitted one of these maps as part of his Fine Art MA coursework.
His inspiration comes from Stephen Walter's 'Island' maps of London and to a greater extent Layla Curtis's collaged maps.