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

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