Businessman Harsh Goenka’s Twitter is a mishmash of anecdotes from the RPG chairman’s life, interesting tidbits or even viral videos he comes across. But Mr Goenka recently told of an autistic artist from the UK named Stephen Wiltshire who drew a 60-foot-long photograph of the New York City skyline that he drew after taking in the entire aerial view of the city’s skyline for 20 minutes. saw a helicopter. The painting was drawn at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. The photo, which Goenka shared, showed the finer details of several prominent buildings in Manhattan.
Check out the tweet below:
Stephen Wiltshire, a British artist, was flown around New York in a helicopter and then, in memory, he drew the entire city on a 19-foot-long canvas. pic.twitter.com/rU22e9BCAV— Hard Goenka (@hvgoenka) December 17, 2021
Following Goenka’s tweet, a user provided some more information about this:
more details: he was autistic. took two weeks to draw the canvas. Spent 2 or 4 hours in the helicopter (can’t remember). this was seen at JFK airport in 2014 in terminal 1.— Nas Hashmi (@nashashmi) December 17, 2021
The long sketch also included iconic Manhattan buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The Daily Mail had reported that Wiltshire drew the entire sketch with pen and paper and that the details of the skyline impressed everyone who admired the sketch.
Wiltshire has received several artistic awards for his talents and is best known for his ability to have something akin to a ‘photogenic memory’ as he is able to draw a scene after looking at it just once . He was diagnosed with autism when he was three and did not speak until age five.
In 2006, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in the art world.
Twitter users were impressed with Wiltshire’s craft. Check out some of the comments:
Sir, they see the world differently from others!!!— abhishek (@abhishe57131481) December 17, 2021
Amazing…unbelievable…great application of memory power than robbing textbooks… — Sujit Kumar P (@sujit_kp) December 18, 2021
This is breathtaking and spectacular 👌👌— Tarana Hussain (@hussain_tarana) December 17, 2021
What do you think of Mr Wiltshire’s incredible talent?
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