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August 11, 2008

Britannica Revealed!


One panel of Britannica. (click photos to enlarge)

It's too good to be true. Artist Chesko (see last post regarding Midtown) succumbed to my infantile beggings and supplications and has recently sent exclusive photographs of his early Britannica work! Chesko's Britannica is staggering; I have no idea how he did it.  It's almost sad to think that that this creation is rolled up in one of Chesko's closets... when it should be hanging on a gallery wall.


Of his fantasy city, Chesko says,

Britannica is the Imagination run amok - my Magnum Opus. 

It begins with a series of maps scaled 1 inch to a mile. Britannica is a city of roughly 400 square miles that contains over 10 million people. It is surrounded by hundreds of suburbs, and the maps when connected portray a metropolitan area over 150 miles wide.

I recently went to Wikipedia to see a map of Gotham City drawn by Eliot R. Brown. My Britannica map is drawn in very similar style, only it makes this rendition of Gotham City look like Hooterville. I also copied maps of the Los Angeles metropolitan area to the same scale, spliced them together, and put them beside Britannica - and Britannica is considerably larger. I have drawn more streets and freeways for Britannica than the whole Los Angeles metropolitan area has in reality. Britannica is easily as intricate and complicated as New York.      

The buildings in Britannica are gigantic. They are ruled by a Titan called Britannica Rex, (the locals call it The Rex), a soaring spectacle reminiscent of the Empire State Building - only it is 2,400 feet tall. In addition to Britannica Rex there is the New World Center, an incredibly massive skyscraper over 2,025 feet tall. Britannica has more than 20 skyscrapers over a thousand feet, and I have modeled them all.  Yes!

Although it is incomplete, I have a model of downtown Britannica that is slightly larger than the Midtown model of New York.  All my models are the same scale, 1:3200.   I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We will be anxious to soon see the Model of Britannica... even if it is incomplete.

Britmetroese Britannica_2

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This is the most incredible thing I've seen in a while. I need to see more of these wonderful works of art, and compared to something else. Absolutely stunning.

Posted by: Nathaniel Elmer | Aug 16, 2008 1:51:48 PM

Wow. I like this kind of thing. If I wasn't so poor, I'd do it too.

Posted by: Mark | Aug 21, 2008 10:23:00 PM

I am excited to announce the publishing of my first children's book. The book is called "Nile, Nile, Crocodile" and is a picture book of a song I wrote. The book comes with a CD of the music and has the word "underwear" in it, so it automatically is a hit with the 3-6 year olds. Who knew that underwear was so funny??

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Posted by: EnglishForDirtyForeigners | Nov 9, 2008 7:16:08 AM

I would absolutely love to see these scanned and composited with the final composite on http://seadragon.com

Posted by: Nate Lawrence | Nov 1, 2009 9:19:44 PM

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