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Hardcover Floating Cities: Venice, Amsterdam, Leningrad--And Moscow Book

ISBN: 0671755684

ISBN13: 9780671755683

Floating Cities: Venice, Amsterdam, Leningrad--And Moscow

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Stephen Wiltshire shot to fame following the BBC television programme in the QED series which studied the effect of autism, the affliction which leaves its sufferers with a perceived mental age of a... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Stephen Wiltshire's pen and ink drawings are fantastic. He captures each subject perfectly and in incredible detail...sometimes having only seen the subject for a few minutes. Incredible drawings made even more incredible by the fact that Stephen is autistic.

Floating Cities

Reading this book was an inspiration.The intricate detail and elegance of each drawing is breath-taking.As an autistic individual he is able to capture the beauty an essence that a normal person with their eye would not see.His work seems effortless, and takes him no time to do at all, but yet he is a perfectionist, right down to the last detail.I am not an art critic, but certainly now I do appreciate the architecture that surrounds me and realize how beautiful it really is, and although Autism is not really understood and how it is actually caused.Stephen, no matter what level of autism he seems to possess, he has truly mastered and captured the gracefullness of each buillding that he draws.In a word he is an "Artistic, Autistic Genius."

A savant at work!

This man's pictures have to be seen to be believed. Stephen Wiltshire actually is Autistic,operating on a six year old level for most of his adult life. He has a very rare talent of being able to visually process all that he sees and reproduce these images on paper. I have seen him on a TV show being flown around London on a helicopter and reproducing a image of 4 square miles, including 11 London landmarks and over 600 buildings with perfect perspective and scale in less than three hours.This book has to be appreciated for what it is, a work of a genius!

The Wrong Description

I agree that this is not the correct description of the book. Floating cities is actually a series of drawings done by a young english autistic boy. They are absolutely fantastic renditions of famous buildings, made more incredible by the fact that Stephen himself has this overwhelming disability, and many of them were done by memory. This book will make you realise that disabilities are by no means disabling, and can open up worlds unaccessable to the rest of society.
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