stephen wiltshire draws manhattan skyline from memory
stephen wiltshire draws manhattan skyline from memory
oct 27, 2009

stephen wiltshire draws manhattan skyline from memory

stephen wiltshire drawing the manhattan skyline image © stephen wiltshire

british artist stephen wiltshire is currently attempting to draw the manhattan skyline from memory. since monday october 26th wiltshire began filling in an 18 foot canvas at the pratt institute, brooklyn. the drawing is expected to be complete by friday. you can follow his progress through the live webcam here.

wiltshire diagnosed with autism at the age of three displays an unusually powerful photographic memory that he has applied to rendering cityscapes. he can look at the subject of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact number of columns or windows on a building. he memorizes their shapes, locations and the architecture.

having completed cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic cities – london, tokyo, hong kong, rome, madrid, frankfurt, dubai, and jerusalem, the new york panorama marks wiltshire’s last cityscape. after this piece is complete, he said he will pursue drawing individual buildings.

stephen wiltshire draws manhattan skyline from memory image © stephen wiltshire

stephen wiltshire draws manhattan skyline from memory image © stephen wiltshire

  • @guy with A.S.

    Your response was the single most intelligent comment I’ve heard anyone make in a comment section. Why can’t more people take the time to think before speaking like you have done?

  • The memory is such a fasinating topic. Why does one have to have an impairment to remember what one sees? You’d think we could all tap into this capability somehow.


  • Amazing

    ron biton
  • i’m autistic.

    all of you are appalling. speaking of ignorance when you are the individuals making claims about something you lack understanding off.

    it is not an “illness” for which there is a cure. it is a spectrum disorder. some of us are more functional than others.

    some of us are geniuses, some of us are stupid. some of us play music, some of us write, some of us draw, some of us do math, and on and on and on.

    is that any different than anyone else? no.

    i can see things the way he does and memorize the images, play them back whenever i choose with great accuracy allowing me to remember all sorts of stuff.

    i couldn’t reproduce them in a drawing. i could write about the images in great detail.

    we are different in the same ways normal humans are different from each other. we are just autistic beyond that, and autism is a deficiency in theory of mind, not a deficiency in being human.

    guy with A.S.
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