Sunday, December 13, 2009

Matteo Pericoli

Matteo Pericoli
Matteo Pericoli is an Italian architect, illustrator and author. His drawings have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller.

He is known for his Manhattan Unfurled project, in which he drew two 37 foot (11 meter) long scrolls with detailed skylines of the East and West sides of Manhattan. The drawings took two years and encompassed over 1,500 buildings and 19 bridges.

These were collected into a book, presented as a 24 panel, 22 foot (6.7 meter) long fold-out. You can see a very small scrolling version of them on Pericoli’s web site.

Pericoli also did a 397 foot (121 meter) mural called Skyline of the World for The American Airlines terminal at JFK Airport, depicting an amalgamation of many of the world’s great buildings and skylines.

Pericoli has a new project, also released as a book, The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York; in which he captures the view, not out of his own window, but out of the windows of notable New York residents, like David Byrne (image above, top), Stephen Colbert, Tom Wolfe, Nora Ephron, Wynton Marsailis, Philip Glass, Annie Leibovitz, Mikail Barishnikov and many others.

Along with his drawings, Pericoli has collected comments from the individuals about their view; many of whom also say that his drawings have caused them to see their familiar view with fresh eyes. There is a pop-up from the link in the title on this page, that shows a few of the drawings and comments.

There is an article and slide show of drawings from the project on the NYT site; and there was a story on Pericoli this morning on the CBS Sunday Morning magazine show.

There is also a selection of other drawings on Pericoli’s web site.

3 thoughts on “Matteo Pericoli

  1. Maureen Singleton

    I saw the CBS Sunday Morning piece on Matteo Pericoli, I think I’ve found a treasure trove of technique to study as a novice to the pen and ink rendering medium.
    Thanks Matteo

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