THESE paintings may look like abstract mazes but on closer inspection they actually depict some of the world’s busiest cities.
Artist Lu Xinjian’s City DNA series challenges viewers to guess the city, with lines and squiggles making up the likes of Paris, New York and Beijing.
Caters News Agency Lu Xinjian's City DNA series challenges viewers to guess the city by looking at lines and squiggles, circles and squares Caters News Agency A: This Dutch city is world famous for its canals but can you see them on this incredible map? (all answers at bottom) Caters News Agency B: This sun-kissed American metropolis is home to more than a few Hollywood movie stars
The artist’s selections of cities so far have been those that are “rich in culture,” he said, with each work taking Xinjian around two weeks to complete.
Each painting requires 11 steps – each of which must be carefully planned before he paints throughout the day and night.
The first step in Xinjian’s routine is to sketch out the city using Google Earth – an outline that he then transfers into stencil form and onto a canvas.
Each line is then painted individually using a small brush, such is the intricacy of Xinjian’s work, with the artist keeping his father on hand for additional help.
Caters News Agency C: It's the city that's so good they named it twice but can you guess exactly where it is? Caters News Agency D: Red is definitely a suitable colour for this Chinese mega city – home to the incredible Forbidden City Caters News Agency E: This American city is where you will find the White House, Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial Caters News Agency F: This city in China neighbours Shanghai and is best known for its skyscraper landscape and futuristic pavilions
Having then taken off the tape to reveal lines, the artist adds another layer of tape again – this time using a smaller brush to correct certain lines.
The final works are created on large-scale canvases, which can stretch across entire walls.
The colours used for each city, 40-year-old Xinjian said, are predominantly chosen based off a flag or city’s identity.
The artist, who lives in Shanghai, admits his incredible work does baffle people at first.
Caters News Agency G: You'll find Skid Row here and more than 500,000 'angels' working in its business district Caters News Agency H: This beautiful Italian city is best known for one thing…water, water and more water Caters News Agency I: The fashion capital of the world which is also home to two world-famous football teams Caters News Agency The first step for artist Xinjian – here with daughter Lu Man – is to sketch out the city using Google Earth