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Drawing the Dictionary

Drawing the Dictionary

Legend / drawing rules for final artwork (click to enlarge)

This work was commissioned for the UK Pavilion at Feria Internacional del Libro (an international book fair) which took place from 28 November to 6 December 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Responding to the theme of 'collections', I created a mural comprised of a collection of 1,000 small drawings on index cards. Each drawing visualises data (part-of-speech, number of syllables, first letter of word, etc.) from one of the 1,000 most frequently-used English words in order to create a multi-coloured mural highlighting the beautiful variation in the English language.

The final mural (click to enlarge)

 Closeup of selected drawings

Closeup of selected drawings

Mural as installed on-site

Work-in-progress photos