The Cityscape Savant-Drawing Our World Entirely By Memory

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Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Though he had difficulty verbally communicating, he loved to draw—and had a remarkable and powerful memory for what he saw.

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Stephen has turned this into a career as an architectural artist, with the extraordinary ability to recreate cityscapes in incredible detail entirely from memory. His talents have taken him all over the world, and his beautiful work is as impressive as his talents.

Stephen’s ability to create accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them for a brief period of time, has amazed people all over the world. So far he has done drawings of destinations like Mexico City, Istanbul, London, Tokyo, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Moscow and New York.

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Wiltshire 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 architectural flourishes, and will do so with New York City after a brief helicopter ride.

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