by Matteo Pericoli
Wed 11 Jul '12 - Sun 2 Sep '12
PM Gallery & House
London W5 5EQ
A 35-mile walk along the north and south banks of the Thames
From 11 July, PM Gallery & House will present a richly detailed exploration of the riverside architecture of London. Loaded with character and displaying the distinct qualities of the north and south sides of the city, London Unfurled is the result of a walk alongside the Thames by Italian illustrator and architect Matteo Pericoli.
London Unfurled runs from 11 July to 2 September at PM Gallery, in Ealing, west London, the extension to Sir John Soaneís Pitzhanger Manor. Admission is free. This is the first time that Matteo Pericoliís original London Unfurled drawings have been shown anywhere in the UK.
Over two weeks in September 2009, Matteo Pericoli walked from Hammersmith Bridge to the O2 Arena and back again, examining the scene beside the Thames, taking 6,100 photographs and seeing off a pair of shoes in the process. The two resulting 11.5 metre drawings, showing the city as it is seen from the north and south banks, will each be unfurled around PM Gallery.
Filling the gallery with the architectural complexity of the riverside, the exhibition presents a compelling profile of the city. Matteo Pericoliís drawings are packed with buildings which will be very familiar to many, including St Paulís Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station and the Shard, but also reveal details and urban quirks that people may never previously have noticed.
Contained within the pen-and-ink drawings are some 41 bridges, 58 cranes (distributed equally between the north and south banks), 1,343 individual buildings, over 27,000 window panes and 3,000 waves on the river.
FREE Gallery Tour led by Matteo Pericoli: Saturday 1 September at 2pm. No need to book, just arrive at the Gallery.
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