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The Shard: Artist Stephen Wiltshire Recreates View Of London After Just One Trip

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Artist Stephen Wiltshire has recreated the view atop the Shard from memory after merely one trip up the 800ft high building.

The pen and ink drawing intricately and accurately portrays the panorama from the tallest building in Western Europe, with Tower Bridge and the "gherkin" dwarfed in the shadow of the Shard.

view from the shard

The work illustrates The Shard’s 40-mile (64km) views across London

38-year-old Wiltshire is known for his cityscapes sketched from memory, ever since his talent was first discovered, aged 7, when he sold a picture of of Salisbury Cathedral to the former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

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Sunrise from the 72nd floor

Commenting on the impressive drawing Wiltshire said: “London is my hometown and is a beautiful city. Seeing the city from so high was a great experience, I especially enjoyed seeing how the river bends and curves towards the sea.

"Drawing the view was an amazing experience and I am very proud of my work.”

London's cityscape is certainly iconic, its architectural treasures imprinted on many inhabitants of the capital city. Indeed, when we challenged our tech editor, Michael Rundle, to draw the cityscape, he willingly obliged with his own version:

view from the shard

Creative offering from the tech team

Could you better our offering? Any submissions to ukpicturedesk@huffingtonpost.com. Our picture editor, Elliot Wagland, also attempted his own version.

sunrise shard

Elliot's version is simple in design

Mounted A4 prints of Wiltshire’s artwork will be available as mementos of the Shard visit, which opens to the public on February 1.

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