Stephen Wiltshire is a British born autistic artist who has become known around the world for his remarkable ability to recreate extremely detailed architectural drawings. Diagnosed as autistic at three years old, Stephen found it easiest to communicate through his drawings.
What is truly amazing about Wiltshire’s talent is the great detail his drawings feature are done after only a brief there-and-back helicopter ride to allow him to view his subject. He once produced a near 33 foot panoramic of Tokyo using this method. Other cities he has drawn include Rome, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.
The accompanying video and pictures to this story depict his recreation of the New York City skyline – again, after just a 20 minute helicopter ride. He put his work to paper while listening to his iPod while at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The piece is 19 feet long and illustrates 305 square miles of the city. Both the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are featured.
Wiltshire has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, ABC News Person of the Week, and ambassador of the United Kingdom’s Children’s Art Day among other awards. More are sure to come.
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