Simon Costin's Dickensian street scene
As part of its Dickens and London exhibition (which opens tomorrow) the Museum of London has commissioned set designer Simon Costin to create a suitably Dickensian street scene as a window display of its City Gallery premises at 150 London Wall...
The cardboard city streetscape, complete with narrow alleys, church towers and shop fronts, is made entirely from cardboard and inspired by the descriptive essays of Charles Dickens. "My intention [was] to create a fantasy vision of London as it would have been glimpsed by Dickens on his nocturnal wanderings through the city," says Costin. "His essays are extremely evocative. Dickens once wrote that he felt like a child in a dream 'staring at the marvellousness of everything'. It is that marvellousness that I wanted to recreate."
The topmost image and the one below are work-in-progress shots...
And below are some shots of the set installed in the Museum of London's window. At night windows and street lights in the scene are lit by dozens of tiny LED lights.
The window display will run until February next year. The exhibition, Dickens and London, is part of a larger series of events and happenings in London that look to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of author and writer Charles Dickens.
Dickens and London runs from December 9 - June 10 at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. More info at museumoflondon.org.uk
See more of Simon Costin's work here
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These buildings are so beautiful and cannot believe they are made of cardboard. I really like the shadows within these models but also the scale.
Amazing work. Thank you for posting the photos... the museum site doesn't seem to have any yet.
So amazing, great work. Anything inspired by Dickens is great.
They are great creative replica designs, with a bit of an animated feel to them. He certainly evokes the atmosphere of wonder that he was looking for.
Just Brilliant! :)
Went to check these out at the weekend - absolutely gorgeous. But almost completely lost behind a grubby window on the street-level of the museum. Took quite a while to find them!
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