Vertical Futures by Nick Coupland : Volume One

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Vertical Futures by Nick Coupland : Volume One

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Vertical Futures is an illustrated journey around the UK's Modernist high-rise architecture. Containing 40 beautifully illustrated, removable A5 prints and presented in a collectors box, this first volume focuses on the post war towers of Sheffield and Manchester with each building painstakingly hand drawn in pen and ink.

I have always been interested in high buildings, I say interested instead of liked or loved. I find them domineering, aggressive and at times a little scary. The idea of so much trust been laid in the hands of engineering and design sometimes gives a feeling of lack of control. Throughout my childhood these concrete blocks peered down from height as I started to take note of the world around me, they appeared angry, authoritative and uncaring. Couple this with a fear of heights and my relationship with tall buildings was always going to be an unconventional one.

But the visual spectre of them was too much to resist. As an artist I loved the form, the angles, the sharp uncompromising line. I loved the rough textures and the way they wore exhaust dirt like a gritty, proud tattoo. I loved the way they would cast shadow at dark angles putting some elements of the elevation into constant darkness. These buildings had character, narrative, history and a visual aesthetic that was unwilling to compromise, they didn't care what you thought.

So I started drawing them. 

Nick Coupland

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