A towering genius
Artist creates landmark masterpieces by stacking cities’ most famous buildings
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