Stephen Wiltshire draws Istanbul Panorama

Stephen Wiltshire completed his pen drawing on a huge canvas at the Palladium in Istanbul within five days, using only mental images of the city’s historic heart after a 45-minute helicopter tour of the city.
'I had difficulty in remembering when I was drawing some places, but the result is a very nice work,' he said, adding that it was his first visit to Istanbul. Stephen said he had drawn panoramic pictures of 15 cities so far. 'I can say that I am a genius on this matter,' he added. He drew for seven hours each day, and on the last day he signed his drawing at a special ceremony.

Following his Istanbul live exhibition, the panoramic drawing of the city will has been gifted to the Istanbul Municipality and is now displayed in a public area on a permanent basis.

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Starting with Tokyo in 2005, Stephen Wiltshire has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, London, Sydney, Shanghai, Brisbane and New York on giant canvases.

His most recent trips took him to Singapore, Istanbul, Houston, Mexico City and Doha, Qatar.

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