The Island

Stephen Walter’s most recent project, titled The Island, is an intricate map of London. The map demonstrates some of Walter’s personal interests and associations with the city through mapping geographic locations in varying scales of text. Each selected detail gives an incite of experience into London’s landscape, for example, how to navigate the environment, the city’s history and local trivia, and referencing celebrities and notable events. Some sections are so greatly condensed with information that a magnifying glass is required to view it. The project took over two years to create and comprises of 33 segments, each representing an individual London Borough. The joy in the work originates from the references Walter’s makes, often on purely capricious and impulsive, retelling his story of London using the age old medium of cartography.

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