All the Buildings in New York (slide show)

An Aussie expat is attempting an artistic feat of titanic proportions. See how far he’s gotten in a new book.

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  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

  • Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

    All the Buildings in New York

Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock

All the Buildings in New York


Sure, you love New York. But how much do you love it? Enough to, say, meticulously draw every building in the city? That’s the self-appointed task of James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator who has set out to sketch every last edifice in Gotham for a project called, naturally, All the Buildings in New York.

Hancock has made his way through approximately 1,000 buildings in the three years since he moved to Brooklyn. (As a documenter, he’s been around: Previous projects have included All the Rain in London, All the Bicycles in Berlin and All the Snow in Montreal.) The renderings vary from sketches on napkins to inked and painted pieces on wood; subjects range from iconic bits of skyline like the Flatiron Building to obscure apartment blocks; check his website for a map of the locations he’s covered so far.

“Basically, when I moved to New York, I wanted to make it my own,” the artist explains. “Having seen the city in so many movies and on TV, it was almost strange to see it in reality. So being an illustrator, it was natural for me to draw every building I saw to get to know it better, to really understand the physicality of each place.”

Though the endeavor is still very much in progress, Hancock’s collected some of his pieces into a new book, and he has two signing appearances coming up: at Rizzoli Bookstore on May 16 (5:30pm), and at BookCourt on May 17 (7pm). There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 900,000 structures in NYC, so only…899,000 left to go? Piece of cake.


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