Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Stephen Wiltshire draws a Mexico City panorama from memory

Watch more with these video collections:

British architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire can remember and draw the skyline of an entire city after flying over it in a helicopter. In this October 2016 video, he travels to Mexico City, tours it from above and below, and then draws it from memory in a sketched cityscape over the course of five days. He has been called the Human Camera. From his site:

Drawing street life and modern architecture have been Stephen’s passions for as long as he can remember. His amazing talent is even more incredible considering that he was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Stephen, who was born in London in 1974, was completely mute as a small child, and found it hard to relate to other people.

At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School, London, where it soon became apparent that he communicated through the language of drawing. His teachers encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art materials; eventually he uttered his first words – “paper” and “pencil” (just like Picasso) – but didn’t learn to speak fully until the age of nine.

Drawing was Stephen’s passion and he was seldom to be found without pen and paper: animals, London buses, cityscapes and classic American cars were all sketched with increasing maturity as the years went by.

Wiltshire was honored with a MBE for services to the art world in 2006, and has been commissioned by clients all over the world to draw panoramas of Tokyo, New York City, Houston, Rome, Hong Kong, Dubai, Jerusalem, Singapore, and more. His gallery is located in London’s Royal Opera Arcade.

Next: Artist Stephen Wiltshire draws New York City from memory.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The woman who reinvented Oaxaca beeswax candle making

Rion Nakaya

How is a hand blown glass pitcher made?

Rion Nakaya

Butch Locsin in Mexico City’s 2019 Day of the Dead Parade

Rion Nakaya

Illustrating a photorealistic portrait, a time-lapse

Rion Nakaya

Flower Carpet, a tilt-shifted time-lapse in Brussels

Rion Nakaya

Rosemary Mosco, creator of “Seriously Silly Science Cartoons”

Rion Nakaya

Cara de Diablo: Felipe Horta’s handcrafted masks

Rion Nakaya

Nature’s Vanishing Trick

Rion Nakaya

Abigail Mendoza, world renowned Zapotec chef

Rion Nakaya