Bristol artist creates hand-drawn maps of the city

Artist Gareth Wood moved to Bristol in 2010 and “set his heart on” mapping the city – he is now close to completing the intricate hand-drawn images using black ink and white archival mount boards. He said he wants his maps to “connect with the viewer on a personal level”.

The work has taken him more than 500 hours over about three years. He said he finds his inspiration by walking and cycling around Bristol and talking to local people.

The drawings include famous landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and other less well-known parts of the city, such as Montpelier and Stokes Croft.

Gareth Wood Clifton Suspension Bridge

The 33-year-old said he has been interested in exploring since childhood. “The things you see in the map are not a perfect representation of what is there.

Gareth Wood hand-drawn map Bristol

“The places, objects and subjects are selected through all types of reasoning. It could be a reoccurring theme or conversation that I’ve had with certain people that makes me decide that something should be drawn,” he said.

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