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Drawing Singapore's skyline from memory

SAVANT AT WORK: Mr Wiltshire has exceptional memory and talent in art. He has created panoramas of Tokyo, London and New York.


    Jul 07, 2014

    Drawing Singapore's skyline from memory

    HE CAN recreate accurate drawings of cityscapes entirely from memory, including detailed panoramas of Tokyo, London and New York.

    Soon, British architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire will be adding Singapore to the list.

    The 40-year-old will be visiting Singapore for the first time later this month and drawing the country's cityscape on a giant 4m by 1m canvas at Paragon shopping mall.

    He has been commissioned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) as part of its 30th anniversary event called See The Big Picture.

    The event seeks to highlight the media company's growth from a print company back in 1984 to a multimedia organisation now.

    Shoppers can watch him at work from July 16 to 20, as well as view an exhibition of his earlier drawings of other cities.

    There will also be an interactive booth that allows shoppers to pose with their favourite Singapore architecture.

    Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Mr Wiltshire is a savant with exceptional memory, and talent in art.

    To recreate his panoramic drawing of Singapore, he will be touring the country with members of the Singapore Tourism Board, and visiting attractions like Chinatown and the Marina Bay area.

    Mr Wiltshire will also be taken on a helicopter ride over the Marina Bay and Raffles Place area by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

    The artist will have about 45 minutes to take in the aerial view.

    He will also be visiting Pathlight School and interacting with autistic students who are gifted in art.

    He told The Straits Times: "I am very excited to see Singapore's skyline for the first time from a helicopter and to do some sightseeing. I will try chicken rice, too."

    When completed, his artwork will be presented to President Tony Tan Keng Yam, as a gift to Singapore for her 50th birthday next year.

    The event not only depicts a panoramic view of Singapore through Mr Wiltshire's work, but also showcases the reach of SPH's media solutions, said SPH chief executive Alan Chan.

    "Advertisers can effectively reach out and engage a wide base of clients and readers, using our integrated marketing approach on various media platforms to help them see 'the Big Picture'," he said.