A tow­er­ing ge­nius

Artist cre­ates land­mark mas­ter­pieces by stack­ing ci­ties’ most fa­mous build­ings

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Rus­sell Black­stock RBLACKSTOCK@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

This is Scot­land’s cap­i­tal as it has never been seen be­fore.

Artist Matthew Ell­wood is us­ing his tow­er­ing tal­ent to reimag­ine Bri­tain’s towns and ci­ties as if their most fa­mous build­ings were piled on top of each other.

He has al­ready cap­tured places in the north of Eng­land such as New­cas­tle, Sun­der­land and his home town of Durham as if they were laid out ver­ti­cally.

Now Matthew has turned his at­ten­tion to Scot­land. He spent nine months re­search­ing and vis­it­ing Ed­in­burgh to por­tray it in the shape of a tower, with the cas­tle perched on top.

He is cur­rently do­ing the same with Glas­gow – and is even planning some­thing sim­i­lar for the many his­toric dis­til­leries on our fa­mous whisky trail.

“I thought Ed­in­burgh would be pretty straight­for­ward to do be­cause it is built on a vol­cano,” he told The Sun­day Post.

“But then I re­alised a lot of the build­ings in the old part of town are about seven floors high and the de­tail in­volved in do­ing hun­dreds of sash win­dows and lit­tle pub fronts took an age. It was chal­leng­ing.”

Matthew came up with the idea af­ter strug­gling to sell his more tra­di­tional work.

He trav­els to the towns and ci­ties he wants to paint for long week­ends. He drops into vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres and talks to lo­cals in pubs to get a bet­ter idea of what should be in­cluded.

“Glas­gow has not been easy to do,” he said. “There is such a wealth of ar­chi­tec­ture there and the big prob­lem will be which build­ings to leave out.

“I have al­ready started sketch­ing the east end of the city but when you look up, some of the build­ings in the west end and the city cen­tre are stag­ger­ing in their de­tail.”

Matthew’s prints cost about £60 and he added: “My wife has re­alised that this is some­thing that could be done any­where in the world. She is al­ready ask­ing if I could do Venice or Ice­land – as long as she can come with me, of course.”

To see more of Matthew’s work, visit matthewell­wood.com

Matthew’s stun­ning de­pic­tion of Ed­in­burgh. Now he’s turn­ing his at­ten­tion to Glas­gow

1. The flag of Scot­land, the Saltire 2. Scot­tish na­tional war me­mo­rial 3. Palace/great hall 4. Half Moon Bat­tery 5. Portcullis gate and Ar­gyle Tower 6. Sol­diers bar­racks/old hos­pi­tal 7. Old gatehouse 8. Nel­son mon­u­ment, Cal­ton Hill 9. Air traf­fic con­trol tower 10. Gov­er­nor’s house 11. St Mary’s Cathe­dral 12. Na­tional mon­u­ment, Cal­ton Hill 13. The Du­gald Ste­wart mon­u­ment 14. Palace of Holy­rood­house 15. Holyrood Abbey 16. Usher Hall 17. Dean Gallery 18. Al­lan Ram­say’s House, Ram­say Gar­dens 19. Mo­ray House, Canon­gate 20. Mer­chis­ton Tower, Napier Univer­sity’s Mer­chis­ton cam­pus 21. Royal In­fir­mary 22. Mur­ray­field Sta­dium 23. The Queen’s Gallery 24. St Andrew’s and St Ge­orge’s 25. Mer­cat Cross 26. St Giles’ Cathe­dral 27. Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land 28. St Andrew’s House 29. Tron Kirk 30. Writer’s Mu­seum 31. Fringe Fes­ti­val 32. St John’s church, the Hub 33. Na­tional Gallery of Scot­land 34. The Bad Ass, Rose Street 35. Dirty Dicks, Rose Street 36. Bal­moral Ho­tel 37. He­riot Watt Stu­dent Union 38. The As­sem­bly Rooms, The Mount 39. Glad­stone’s Land 40. The Dea­con Brodie 41. Cen­tral li­brary on Ge­orge IV Bridge 42. The Palm House, Botan­i­cal gar­dens 43. The Scot­tish Whisky Her­itage Cen­tre 44. St John the Evan­ge­list 45. Bank Ho­tel 46. St Cuth­bert’s Par­ish Church 47. Na­tional Gallery of Scot­land 48. The Carl­ton depart­ment store 49. The Scot­tish na­tional Por­trait Gallery 50. Cam­era Ob­scura 51. Forth Rail Bridge 52. Old Col­lege, Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity 53. Bank of Scot­land HQ, The Mound

54/55. Napier Uni Craiglock­hart Cam­pus, old and new 56. The royal yacht Britannia 57. View north­west from the “Gothic Rocket” 58. Lawn­mar­ket 59. The Art Cen­tre 60. Ge­orge IV Bridge 61. Caledonian Hilton Ho­tel 62. The Tol­booth 63. Forsyth depart­ment store 64. The North Bridge 65. Scot­tish Par­lia­ment build­ings 66. Jen­ners depart­ment store 67. Old Waverly Ho­tel 68. Scott Mon­u­ment 69. Waverly rail­way sta­tion 70. John Knox’s house 71. The Flower of Scot­land on Arthur’s Seat

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