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Jerusalem gains perspectiveby Ziva • May 21 2008
"The Human Camera" has landed in Jerusalem. Or at least, he has circled above it and surveyed our holy streets. Sounds like something straight out of Marvel comics, but this is real life. A real man. An accomplished artist. And an extraordinary talent - or, dare we say, power.
Internationally renown British cityscape illustrator Stephen Wiltshire has come to cast his eye and hand across the city of Jerusalem in honor of its 40th anniversary of reunification. Wiltshire has garnered much critical attention for his large-scale, hand-drawn replicas of such congested cities as London, New York, Tokyo and Rome, because he recreates the cities - down to their very last street corner - after surveying the areas from a helicopter for just an hour or two. If you don't believe us, check out this amazing video on YouTube showing Wiltshire's artistic practice in action in Rome. The exact duplicate of the Colosseum - and we mean exact - is just incredible.
Wiltshire's first word, at age eight, was "paper," and ever since then, he's been producing artwork that has been featured in documentaries, galleries, exhibitions and books around the globe. In addition to demonstrating his amazing abilities in cities across the globe, Wiltshire also promotes autistic research and awareness and runs creative workshops for children with autism.
Ziva Haller Rubenstein writes about art and design in, by and from Israel on her blog Designist Dream and for other leading blogs and websites.
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