VIDEO: Artist recreates London cityscape using cardboard boxes

13:24 13 February 2013

Chris Gilmour recreated London

Chris Gilmour recreated London's cityscape using cardboard boxes. Picture: Phil Tragen

Archant

Cardboard may not be the first building material that comes to mind, but it’s what has been used by one artist to recreate London’s cityscape.

Artist Chris Gilmour's recreation of the Paris cityscape using cardboard boxes. Picture: Phil TragenArtist Chris Gilmour's recreation of the Paris cityscape using cardboard boxes. Picture: Phil Tragen

Chris Gilmour, whose work has been exhibited in countries including Italy and the United States, created a 40ft wide replica of London, complete with iconic buildings including Big Ben, the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The project, titled You Can Build Anything if You Put Your Mind To It, took Gilmour two days. He has also used cardboard boxes to recreate cityscapes of Paris and Berlin.

Gilmour said: “Creating the iconic landmarks from each city was a real challenge. London’s Gherkin was a particularly hard task due to the curve of the walls and the straight edges of the boxes.

“This is the largest project of its kind that I’ve undertaken. Thankfully the boxes were really easy to work with and build.

Artist Chris Gilmour's recreation of the Berlin cityscape using cardboard boxes. Picture: Phil TragenArtist Chris Gilmour's recreation of the Berlin cityscape using cardboard boxes. Picture: Phil Tragen

“The biggest challenge was placing the iconic sculptures in the correct place in each city to successfully convey the depth and size of the entire build. Finishing the project was a real achievement in itself and shows that you can build anything when you put your mind to it.”

He used Bankers Boxes, corrugated cardboard storage boxes, and glue, and was commissioned by office specialists Fellowes.

The company commissioned the sculptures to coincide with the re-branding of its storage and organisation range from R-kive to the Bankers Box® brand.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

More Quirky London

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Russell Brand is opening his Trew Era Cafe in Hoxton (Neil Jones)

Russell Brand will open his Trew Era Cafe on the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London today.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
3D walkthrouh of the Mail Rail - ScanLab

A lost rail network which ran silently under London for centuries could become a virtual world at a new museum.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Inside the Metropolitan Police's hidden Crime Museum at New Scotland Yard © Museum of London

For the first time ever, ordinary people will be able to see gruesome artefacts from the Metropolitan Police’s crime museum – normally only open to police officers and special invited guests.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Frances Bacon has been banned from drinking in the pub which her family owns (Pic: Twitter/Dan Northcote-Smith

A pig which head-butted the customers of the pub it lived in has been served with a booze ban, landlords have said.

Friday, March 20, 2015
A man dressed as 'The Stig' delivering a petition (Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire)

There was pandemonium in central London this morning as a man dressed as the Stig drove up to the BBC in a tank to deliver a petition demanding Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson be reinstated.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Samsam Bubbleman is the world's 'most famous bubbleologist' (Pic: Samsam Bubbleman)

The world’s most famous bubbleologist Samsam Bubbleman is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest free-floating bubble near the London Eye this morning.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...