Usually, when it comes to city silhouettes, the normal thing people do is just use one tone (usually black) to create a representation of whichever city or area they’re trying to showcase. Fortunately, this isn’t how London-based artist Yoni Alter thinks.
He was inspired to create this ongoing project as far back as only 2012, while walking around Hyde Park. “I noticed the circular London Eye intersecting with the triangular point of a skyscraper,” he recalls. “They were two perfect geometrical shapes, and it inspired me to look at what other shapes London had.”
After that, he started playing around in Adobe Illustrator. Creating the abstracted shapes of London’s famous buildings, he changed the colors to bright neon shades, and then rearranged them as if they were puzzle pieces. The rest is, as they say, history. To add to the Israel-born designer’s unique style, he makes sure the buildings are to scale in his “Shapes of Cities” project.
Check out some sample prints of two of his favorite cities, London and New York:
London: The Shard, The Gherkin, BT Tower, London Eye, Battersea Power Station, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, and The New Bus for London.
New York: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Washington Sq. arch, Guggenheim Museum, Bank of America Tower, One WTC, Three WTC, Conde Nast Building, NY Life Building, Chrysler Building.
Today the project features (in alphabetical order): Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Hong Kong, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Liverpool, Los-Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Montreal, Paris, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rio-de-Janeiro, San-Francisco, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, St. Louis, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. See if you can spot any of your fav buildings in your city!
And, as a bonus, take a look at his glowing London sculpture! Now who doesn’t want one of these?
For more of his colorful and unique works (he has more than just cityscapes!) visit his website. If you’re from the UK, you can visit his exhibition at Box Park (a pop-up mall in East London) starting July 3rd.
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