Artist Nils Westergard stencils intricate map of London in 104 hours!

Nils Westergard travelled from Richmond, USA to London for our urban art group show ‘Underground 2016’ and he decided to bring his own map of the capital! Not just any map… a hand cut stencilled map, proving he’s a cut above the rest!

Nils printed out a map of London, and then painstakingly cut between the streets and tube system.

Check out Nils working on the map of London…


The intricate and detailed map stencil took Nils Westergard 104 hours to cut! When asked about the most challenging part of the whole process you would think blisters! However, Nils mentioned it was the time scale of the project.

“I had to finish it before coming over so I did 7-8 hours a day for the last week!” Nils

The paper he used was 117 lbs and after 104 hours of determination the result is a perfect map 24″ x 36″ of the capital of England.

Nils spray painted the stencil onto wood.

To make the piece less likely to break it was spray painted three times before mounting the actual stencil onto a black painted wood panel.

The master stencil and copy can be seen at our urban  art group show ‘Underground 2016’ at Hoxton Arches, 402 Cremer Street London and runs daily until the Tuesday 4th October 2016 10am-6pm.

The London map stencil and all other artworks for Underground 2016 can be found via the high-resolution PDF here, or the mobile friendly low-resolution here.



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