Artists help to show that Norwich is as pretty as a 360-degree picture
PUBLISHED: 06:17 23 October 2017
It is a fine city which could be described as being as pretty as a picture.
Well now Norwich has been turned into a picture by a team of budding architects and artists who have drawn a 360-degree view of the city from the top of the castle’s mound.
About 50 people came together to create the panoramic cityscape as part of a project led by Norwich University of the Arts’ architecture department and Norwich-based LSI Architects.
Artists of all ages and abilities took their places in front of different numbers at the top of the mound to draw a different section of the panorama which, once finished, was displayed in Norwich Castle’s Keep.
Tom Hill, 39, who lives near Unthank Road in Norwich, was one of a number of artists to take part in the event which took place in the city on Saturday.
Mr Hill, who is studying for an MA in Fine Art at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) said the project was a great idea.
He said: “I think its a really good idea and I was looking forward to seeing the finished result because everyone draws a bit differently and I think that’s what makes it a bit different.”
Mr Hill, who took up drawing again a couple of years ago after a 15-year break, said Norwich was a great place to commit to paper.
He said: “This is a really interesting city to draw – you see here the ancient and the modern.
“I think Norwich is an amazing city to draw, just because of the range of architecture.”
Dr Ana Rute Costa, lecturer in architecture at NUA, said: “The city’s buildings chart its social history.
“Sketching the panorama is a wonderful opportunity to explore the past – and think about the city’s future - through architecture.”
She said getting people to draw parts of the Norwich encouraged them to look at the city in a different way than if they were to simply take a photograph of it.
Dr Costa said when people drew they looked at the subject more closely than if they were to take a snap of it.
She added: “It’s about getting people to appreciate the architecture in the city using drawing and understanding the joy of drawing.”
For more information about the project, visit www.lsiarchitects.co.uk/latest-news/join-us-big-draw-2017/
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